Folk creations defy classification.
Though we might liken them to genre
painting, they have, like much of Folk Art, no real counterpart in the
realm of Fine Art. They are dramatic vignettes which seem more closely
allied to storytelling than to static depiction. They celebrate a culture
and energetically assert their own provinciality.
to Folk Art derives, in part, from the fact that we grant it greater
freedom from decorum. Unlike Fine Art, it has the right to be charming.
Abraham's depictions often have the quality of parody or caricature,
but never of condescension. If they mock, they do not elevate the mocker
above the people or the values represented. The laughter they evoke
is instead a social act: an act of endearment.