Abigail Booth is a UK based artist working across a material language of textiles, painting, printmaking and natural colour. Her works delve into the internal narratives of our imagination, dreams and memory, as they originate in our interactions with nature.
Reflecting on the intrinsic relationship of her materials to the human body and psychological condition she looks to her painted and patchworked canvases as a site where tactile images can manifest and play with our shifting understanding of place and identity. By using pigments cultivated and unearthed from the plants, and landscapes she encounters, she introduces site as both a physical and imagined space directly into the quilted surface of her works. In the very nature of their pieced, and layered construction, she questions the complexity of the constructed identities of our landscapes as they are continually being remade and transformed.
Exploring the inner-psyche and our subliminal need to connect with the natural, Booth purposefully draws us into these dreamt and tactile places, asking us to confront our past and future relationships to the natural world through her intimate use of textiles.
Born in London in 1991, Booth studied Fine Art at By am Shaw School of Art, the San Francisco Art Institute and Chelsea College of Art, where she graduated in 2013. In 2014 she co-founded the studio practice Forest + Found, with her partner Max Bainbridge whom she works alongside to produce wider projects, exhibiting throughout the UK and internationally.
Selected solo exhibitions include: Idylls of the Field, Lemon Street Gallery, Cornwall, UK(2022),Shallow Lands, Informality Gallery, Oxfordshire, UK (2021/22), Biophilia, Make Hauser& Wirth Somerset, Bruton, UK (2021)Walking the Line, Oriel Myrddin, Carmar then, UK (2019)and Ruthin Craft Centre, Ruthin, UK (2018); Outland, Egg, London, UK (2018).Selected group exhibitions include: From Nature, Informality, Henley-on-Thames, UK, (2021),Common Thread, New Art Centre, Roche Court, UK (2020), Jerwood Makers Open, Jerwood Space, London, UK (2019/20), Levelling Traditions, Make Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Bruton, UK (2018),Collect Open, Saatchi Gallery, London (2018).In 2017 Forest + Found were artists in residence at Pitt River’s Museum, Oxford (2017).