Abigail Fallis studied at Camberwell College of Arts and first came to prominence with her series of sculptures based on the heraldic tradition and underwear, personalised with texts and images.
A skilled metalworker, Fallis has always been concerned with craftsmanship and with transforming surfaces. She experiments widely with a broad range of materials, from papier-mâché to fish skeletons, silver, bronze and neon. She is fundamentally interested in topical issues that affect our daily lives including environmental concerns and our consumerism-led society. These themes are often expressed with a characteristic double-edged sense of humour which intelligently delivers messages of great importance.
“ I am an artist whose major interest is in what is happening around me, specifically issues that affect us all...and how they in turn affect one another. I find the surrealist visionaries such as Max Ernst inspiring; he was desperately concerned about the growing divide between man and civilisation, but more than anything the loss of nature...I use whatever comes to hand from my surroundings and try to make sense through my own work. I’m a maker, and it’s through this process that a sculptural language develops.”