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date: 22 October 2019

Lane, Abigaillocked

(b Penzance, 1967).
  • John-Paul Stonard

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(b Penzance, 1967).

English sculptor and installation artist. She studied at Bristol Polytechnic (1985–6) and Goldsmiths’ College, London (1986–9). She had her first solo exhibition, Abigail Lane: Making History, at Karsten Schubert, London, in 1992. Lane’s work of the early 1990s dealt with the presentation of bodily traces as forensic evidence. For her installation Bottom Wallpaper (exh. Lucerne, Ksthalle, 1992) she papered the gallery walls with a repeating pattern of female bottom-prints, the space also containing a chair whose seat had been converted into a large blue ink-pad; a smaller version of this work, Blue Print (1992; London, Saatchi Gal.), consists of a single chair facing one framed print of this type. Wallpaper was used again in the exhibition Skin of the Teeth (London, ICA, 1995), this time with a motif of bloody hand-prints and drips, based on a police photograph of a murder scene. The space contained other objects, such as a Jack Russell terrier petrified in cement and cast body parts hanging from the ceiling, forming an unsettling and highly suggestive scene. The uncanny (...

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