In fact, time plays a large role in Abufadil’s work. While he stressed that he doesn’t purposefully manufacture work to meet some preconceived idea, his work often focuses on the central theme of the fleeting moment, such as the transient nature of light, atmosphere, perhaps scent, and simply time. He explained the importance of time to his artists conception saying, “A fingerprint, an accidental tear in the paper, or the gouge of a trowel all leave a permanent record of the moment of the happening. I am very intrigued by that moment. That moment is the crux of the creative process, and can almost prevail over, or at least perfect the final product.” As for the challenges that Oklahoma life presents, Abufadil agrees with Campbell believing that, so far, Oklahoma has a limited local audience.
Part 2 of 5 By Katie Seefeldt, OVAC intern