Abigail Reynolds Traveled the World to Document Libraries That No Longer Exist
Abigail Reynolds plumbs the depths of flea markets and old bookstores to find source materials, repurposing them for artworks in which rural England figures prominently. Collecting books and old photographs from atlases, tourist guides, and encyclopedias and incorporating them into three-dimensional collages and sculptural assemblages, Reynolds questions the way our relationship to the visual world, particularly the British landscape, is mediated. For a series of works titled “The Universal Now”, Reynolds took images of familiar landmarks captured at different moments in history, as well as of obscure landscapes, then cut and folded them into textured lattice-like patterns. “The act of folding one image into the other pushes them out into three dimensions in a bulging time ruffle,” Reynolds has said. More recently, she has produced assemblages that combine books and images with colored panels of glass, creating architectural layers through which landscape images and texts can be viewed and read.
British, b. 1975