Abraham’s paintings stray from typical landscapes and state icons. In an effort to delve deeper into the gifts of each state, she combines personal, historical and symbolic elements. While it is easy to match some of the paintings, such as a Wright Flyer for North Carolina, or the Old Man of the Mountain for New Hampshire, most pieces require more thought and discovery to realize which state they address and why.
Abraham provides a brief description with each painting to address the source of inspiration. She also lists the gallery that the piece was left on display with during the journey. Remember, the painting was not displayed in their own states, but taken to be displayed in the next state that the artist visited. She calls this “blurring state lines.” With this act, states are physically connected to each other.
Two world’s collided when a punk-rock musician from SW Florida, Alfonso Llamas, met a dedicated artist from upstate New York, Kristin Abraham.
Almost as serious as their relationship itself was a shared dream to travel and create in a world that they didn’t quite understand. The two saw the United States divided through war, politics, race and religion, and realized that the only way to find unity was to return to the land itself.
Since it is important for Llamas and Abraham to self-fund the journey, every dollar is budgeted. A budget of $10/day for food and careful planning for gas, art supplies and a weekly hotel stay taught the couple to live with very little. They camped despite freezing West Virginia nights and smoldering North Dakota heats. Through the art, they share it all, such as losing their vehicle/home for an entire month due to a car accident in Tuscon, AZ and feeling hopeless and alone in California. The lifestyle forced them to be creative and resourceful just to survive, and the experience provided them with a greater respect and appreciation for those who walked the land before them.