I consider communal experiences of time to be my primary interest. To fold or layer historic images or events brings into focus our relation to time, making it possible to discern things that are almost completely lost. I use dynamic forms of assembly to release the latent possibilities in photographs. Using montage techniques of layering and folding I destabilise singular ideas of cultural and political histories. I use glass metaphorically to focus the act of looking and to suggest alternative modes of perception. I work across sculpture, print, event and film to bring disparate things together. I work with an awareness of plurality; keeping a space complex and unreconciled, open to possibility and insurrection.

“The pages and images she excavates, now dislocated from their original context, become more like artifacts or archeological remnants – more enigmatic, more mutable, and open to more complex meaning and association.” (Martin Clark)

Abigail Reynolds lives in St Just, Cornwall, and has a studio at Porthmeor in St Ives. She studied English Literature at St Catherine's College Oxford University and subsequently Fine Art at MA level at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Over 2022 Abigail will be exhibiting across the remaining cities of the British Art Show 9 tour. She has just completed a permanent major commission for Kresen Kernow, the Cornish archive centre, accompanied by a publication. In March 2016 Abigail was awarded the BMW Art Journey prize at Art Basel, to travel to lost libraries along the Silk Road. Her book 'Lost Libraries' documenting this journey was published by Hatje Cantz in 2018. For more details visit www.abigailreynoldsarchive.com



Recent Solo Exhibitions:

2022     Flux, Kestle Barton Gallery, Cornwall


2020    Taken in a few seconds // By the reflection of light, The Harris Museum Preston

2018    The Universal Now and Further Episodes, PEER UK London

2017    We beat the bounds, Tate St Ives

2016    Lost Libraries, Art Basel Miami Beach & Art Basel Hong Kong




Recent Group Exhibitions:

2021-2 British Art Show 9 Aberdeen

2019    Desde el Salon Whitechapel Gallery London

2019    Nocturnal Creatures Whitechapel Gallery London

2019    Dream Libraries Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Siegen, Germany

2018    Speech Acts: reflection, imagination, repetition Manchester Art Gallery




Public Collections:

Arts Council Collection, New York Public Library, Yale University Art Gallery, The Government Art Collection