Abigail DeVille was born in 1981 in New York, where she lives and works. Maintaining a long-standing interest in marginalized people and places, DeVille creates site-specific immersive installations designed to bring attention to these forgotten stories, such as with the sculpture she built on the site of a former African American burial ground in Harlem.
DeVille often works with objects and materials sourced from the area surrounding the exhibition site, and her theatrical aesthetic embodies the phrase, “One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.” Though collected objects are essential to her installations, DeVille’s priority is the stories her installations can tell. DeVille’s family roots in New York go back at least two generations; her interest in the city, and her work about it, is both personal and political.
Yinka Shonibare’s Central Park Sculpture, “Word on the Street” in Times Square, & LA’s Giant Neon Uterus
A look at this week’s art news, including Yinka Shonibare’s new public installation, “Wind Sculpture (SG) I,” near the 59th Street entrance of Central Park.
In a new film from our New York Close Up digital series, Abigail DeVille celebrates the bravery and optimism embedded within the African American experience.