9 September - 9 June 2024
Four large scale sculptures by Abigail Reynolds focus our attention on the environment.
Stelæ are a group of three slender structures in blackened steel with mirrored insets that frame and reflect elements of the garden, pluralising our sense of place. Their cool geometry is a counterpoint to the cacophony of texture and colour in the garden. Elements of the garden are isolated by the mirror sections, which also reflect the passing viewer, whose image is scattered and mingled with the garden.
Anemoijerija is placed in the meadow in relation to the prevailing winds. Lengths of translucent mesh with arrow-like piercings respond to the natural light and are animated by the movement of the wind, creating a complex overlay of colour and shadow. The title is taken from the Greek word for a priestess of the winds.
Abigail Reynolds works across a wide range of media, including sculpture, collage, print and live event work. Using collage techniques such as overlay and folding, she brings into focus our relation to time, making it possible to discern things that are almost completely lost. Her work is often formed in close dialogue with other disciplines; geologists, electronic music producers, palaeobiologists, librarians, brass bands. She is based in far west Cornwall, a place she often interrogates, working with ancient Cornish customs such as burning seaweed to make glass using beach sand, or beating the bounds.
In 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. Over 2020-22 her work was featured in British Art Show 9, the landmark touring exhibition that defines new directions in contemporary art. Her work is well represented in public collections including New York Public Library, the Government Arts Collection and the Arts Council Collection.
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 before an MA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, University of London.