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Abi Huxtable

MA work

Prismatic Backward Gaze


  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Painting, 2017

  • The difficulty with the artwork, is that it is possible to continue with it, without really knowing what it is. In most contexts this would be a form or mode of deficit. So perhaps my work is about this experience or exposure to deficit. Representation implies a mirroring, a state of affairs or an equivalence of image to the world. So although I represent discrete objects or figures, it is nonetheless without bounded closure. There is certainly no sense of a full stop within my working process. From there I would claim that I am opening out a condition, which is within the realm of doubtfulness between the image and the world. In this sense the actual figure is of oscillation rather than a definitive fixity of relation. Rather than making a statement born out of positive attribution I would prefer to state that I proceed through confusion, which I understand to be a mood that surrounds the idea of a deficit. 

    It is easier to proceed with such a mood but in turn the abstraction of this is an antithesis of difficulty. So my work is thus an exposure of different modes of attention within states of uncertainty. To paint in such a context is to set aside secure methods or schemas and proceed instead by subtracting hopeful outcomes as a basis of enquiry. This is a radically different mode of minimalism, a minimalism that begins with the subject.

  • Degrees

  • HNC Fine Art, Kensington and Chelsea College, 2015; BA Photographic Art, University of Wales College Newport, 2000
  • Exhibitions

  • Dimensions of Time, The Crypt Gallery, London, 2017; fifty six hours, RCA, London, 2016; Stewarts Law RCA Secret, RCA, London and Dubai, 2016; Art and Music, The Macbeth, London, 2015
  • Awards

  • First Prize, Interim Show at KCC, 2015