Sara Cooper, Head of Collections at Towner Art Gallery writes about the work of artist Abigail Lane whose Collection work Ink Pad 1 is currently showing as part of their National Partnership exhibition the Everyday and Extraordinary.
Artist Abigail Lane studied at Goldsmiths College, before becoming one of the key figures in the Young British Artists (YBA) movement. She was part of the seminal 1988 Freeze exhibition, organised by Damien Hirst with fellow Goldsmiths students including Anya Gallaccio, Michael Landy and Sarah Lucas. Lane left London in 2007 to live and work in Suffolk. As well as exhibiting widely both nationally and internationally she is also a curator. Notably, between 2000 and 2015 she curated the contemporary visual art exhibition SNAP, part of Suffolk’s Aldeburgh Festival.
Abigail Lane’s work is predominantly sculpture and installation based but spans a range of medium including video, sound, and photography, as well as found objects, print and text. Her work often explores dark or sinister themes but does so with a wry, mischievous humour that makes it both intriguing and engaging.