Reynolds uses montage techniques of layering and folding to destabilise singular ideas of cultural and political ecologies. She often works in dialogue with disciplines and places outside the art world; for example geologists, librarians, a silver band. She works across sculpture, print and film as well as creating events to bring disparate things into conversation. She works with a strong awareness of plurality; keeping a space complex and unreconciled.

“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)

Reynolds is well known for her work in collage, using dynamic forms of assembly to release the latent possibilities in photographs by cutting and folding. Another medium she often uses is glass - using it metaphorically to focus the act of looking and to suggest alternative modes of perception as well as simply to focus the light. 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.

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 2021-22 Reynolds exhibited across all four cities of the British Art Show 9 tour. In 2022 she completed a permanent major commission for Kresen Kernow, the Cornish archive centre, accompanied by a publication. In March 2016 Reynolds 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

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:

2023    Unearthing: Memory, Land, Materiality Somerset House

2021-2 British Art Show 9 Aberdeen, Wolverhampton, Manchester, Plymouth

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, The Harris Museum