Meet 2024 Spiritual Grant Recipient Abi Ogle

MOFSA is pleased to announce that the recipient of our major 2024 Spiritual Art Grant in the amount of $10,000 is Abi Ogle.

Abi Ogle uses unexpected materials to explore loss and hope. Her art practice is built on the belief that art makes us more human, that materials matter, and that if we take the time to listen to the stories of others, they change us. She began making artwork to diffuse the weight of living as a hopeful, tangible response to grief. She believes that artwork gives us a glimpse of something beyond ourselves, something that reminds us that this broken world is not all we hope for. Abi is deeply curious and dedicated to bringing attention to the mundane or easily ignored. She desires to humbly engage with the life that is present around her, to thoughtfully listen to the cries of those who are mourning, and to make artwork that enables conversations of healing. 

Abi’s explorations are a result of numerous hours of research, embedded in an art historical conversation, and brought to life through meticulous mark-making. The meditative nature of these pieces invites the viewer and the maker alike to become visually and physically immersed in an experience. She so beautifully says “Artwork is the glitch of sorts that so wonderfully and abruptly interrupts the rhythm of life, inviting the unforeseen into our world and grants us the space to acquiesce- to shout, “yes!” to even the faintest glimmer of light in the darkness.”

Abi recently received her M.F.A. in Craft / Material Studies with a focus in fiber at Virginia Commonwealth University and completed a fellowship at the Virginia Museum of Fine Art. She was invited to several artist residencies including the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Vermont Studio Center, and Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. She now lives and works in Houston, Texas.

We are in awe of Abi’s refreshing vision and we encourage you to spend time looking at all of her different series on her website:

Barren Landscape:

The grapefruit membranes, originally meant to protect and grow, now stripped of their fruit, and left barren reminds me of the cycles within my own body and the bodies of those around me who have a womb. Those who have chosen to have children and watch their bodies grow and then deflate, those whose bodies can’t do what they were supposed to do, those who have made a choice to deny what their bodies could do, and those who have suffered the searing pain of child-loss.

Ground Eggshells:

Ghostly floorboards shift and warp along the floor as viewers tiptoe around the perimeter and gaze over the dream-like sea before them. These “wood” panels reference a beloved floor from my family home before it was destroyed in a tornado, leaving only a memory.

2024’s Spiritual Grant Opportunity was rich with dedicated imaginative artists whose art and lives reflect MOFSA’s vision.  In the coming months we will be introducing you to a few of them.  Our hope is that you, the receiver, are as transformed by this spiritual art as we have been.

A real work of art destroys the separation between the receiver and the artist.

Leo Tolstoy