Abigail Reynolds’s art embraces sculpture, collage, print, moving image and performance, and much of her work is inspired by a deep love of books and libraries. Defining a library as ‘a compendium of knowledge, a group identity,’ she sees it as a place where time collapses. In 2016 she took a five-month journey along the ancient Silk Road, from China to Italy, in search of lost libraries, the casualties of natural catastrophes, political conflict, and war. When Words are Forgotten (2020) – a ‘library of glass’ – was originally created in response to that experience. During British Art Show 9, Reynolds will develop Elliptical Reading, a project with and for local libraries and readers.
Abigail Reynolds (born 1975, Stamford) lives and works in Cornwall. Reynolds studied at University of Oxford; Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London; and Goldsmiths, University of London.
For me, books are inextricably tied up with a process of self-discovery – forging my own identity and finding out where my allegiances sit and what my values are. Access to books via libraries literally changed my life. Libraries are a social space, teeming with different, conflicting ideas.
– Abigail Reynolds