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Abigail DeVille

Abigail DeVille was born in 1981 in New York City, USA. She earned her BFA from the Fashion Institute of Technology and attended Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture on the Camille Hanks Cosby Fellowship Award. In 2010 she was artist in residence at Recess Activities Inc. in New York, Marginal Utility in Philadelphia and The Bronx River Art Center, New York. Abigail DeVille is a 2011 MFA recipient in Painting from the Yale School of Art. Her work has been commissioned for the group exhibition The Ungovernables, New Museum Triennial, New York (2012).

Abigail DeVille creates archaeological constructs full of cultural and historical references. Her dark sculptural installations steeped in “destruction” and “decay” are a reflection on social repression, racial identity and discrimination in the ruinous decadence of the big city. With building waste and rubbish from the streets, which she incorporates as found objects and “intergenerational debris”, DeVille builds black holes and vortexes like metaphorical time warps. In the periphery of this constructed decay, or once through the vortex, we meet lost individuals, grotesque parodies of how blacks were perceived in the American past.

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For the PinchukArtCentre DeVille has created a new installation, a vortex representing street life based on Claes Oldenburg’s found object environment The Street at the Judson Gallery in New York 1960.