Abigail Brown

Abigail Brown

Abigail is interested in the similarities of the recurring forms and shapes that appear within the natural world and human body. The vessels that she creates are often ambiguous in their final outcome: appearing as human form and bearing similarities to forms found in nature; and yet sometimes they are illustrative, describing a particular place, feeling or object. Abigail is fascinated by the marriage of organic and structured form and I seek to create a union between the two. Recently, she is increasingly influenced by my surroundings in Cornwall, and has become interested in the idea of the body as a landscape.

Abigail creates bowls and vessels by raising and sinking flat sheets or discs of silver, using a variety of metal and wooden hammers and stakes. She often works intuitively with the material, responding to it as the piece takes shape. The spontaneous nature of this process means that each piece is unique and sculptural. The techniques are time consuming and labour intensive, a labour of love, sometimes taking weeks or months to create a single piece. This all culminates in a design ethos within Abigail's work that means she cannot justify making something that is neither useful nor beautiful, something with which she hopes admirers of my work would identify.

Abigail has had her work exhibited internationally at venues including the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Saatchi Gallery, Goldsmiths’ Hall and the German Goldsmiths’ House in Hanau.  In 2015 she was awarded the Bayerischer Staatspreis (Bavarian States Prize).  In December 2014 Abigail became a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths’ and in June 2015 she received the Freedom of the City of London.

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