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  • <i>The Road</i>, 2012, Book pages, 31 x 22cm
  • <i>Charcoal</i>, 2012, Book pages, 33 x 21cm
  • <i>Collapse</i>, 2012, Book pages, 29.5 x 21cm
  • <i>Crash Barrier</i>, 2012, Book pages, 31.5 x 21.5 cm
  • Begin Afresh
  • <i>Magic Mountain</i> (detail), 2011, 121 x 59 x 23 cm, glass, book pages, books

Abigail Reynolds

b. 1975
Lives and works in London and St Just, Cornwall

<i>Crash Barrier</i>, 2012, Book pages, 31.5 x 21.5 cm
Crash Barrier, 2012, Book pages, 31.5 x 21.5 cm

Abigail Reynolds’ artistic work is closely linked to books and libraries. She frequently draws from literature and book forms, which she uses both as sites of research and as source material. She works across collage, film, sculpture, print, and live performance.


In March 2016 she was awarded the BMW Art Journey prize at Art Basel, to travel to former library sites along the Silk Road. The 16mm film she took of the lost library sites is the spine of a film, ‘Lost Libraries’ which she is showing in ‘Dream Libraries’ until August 8th, 2019 at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen. The film is across two screens and is accompanied by a sculptural installation of glass, stills, and books, which makes tangible the ideas and emotional landscape of the film.

She is showing ‘When Words are Forgotten (Chethams)’ in ‘Undoing’ at Castlefield Gallery,in Manchester until May 26th, and has work in the current MAG exhibition ’Speech Acts’. Recent exhibitions include ‘The Universal Now and further episodes’ PEER London (April - June 2018), ‘We Beat the Bounds’ a live work commissioned by Tate St Ives to celebrate the opening of their new building (2017), and ‘Tremayne’ for Groundwork (Sept 2018). Her book ‘Lost Libraries’ was published by Hatje Cantz in December 2017 and is widely available.

The artist was in the following exhibition:
Barnraising & Bunkers

Links :
www.abigailreynolds.com