installations and community projects cross disciplines and media to explore
biography, geography and environment. The work merges hand-crafted materials
with digital representations. She has created artwork in conjunction with a
unique range of collaborators such as the Bureau of Automotive Repair, Santa
Monica Bay Restoration Project, California Science Center, the Department of
Mental Health, Natural History museums in California and Colorado, and the
Lakota Indians of South Dakota. In 1987, she innovated a method to create
images from the smog in the air, and Smog Collectors brought her work to
national and international attention. She has exhibited in 20+ countries,
including large-scale installations in Vietnam, Thailand, Czech Republic, England,
China and South Korea. Abeles is a 2013 recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship.
She has also received fellowships from J. Paul Getty Trust Fund for the Visual
Arts, California Community Foundation, Pollack-Krasner Foundation, and the
California Arts Council. She has an MFA in Studio Art from the University of
California Irvine. Abeles’ journals, artists books and process documents are
archived at the Center for Art + Environment, Nevada Museum of Art.