STUDIO PRACTICE by MAX BAINBRIDGE and ABIGAIL BOOTH

Working alongside one another, artists Max Bainbridge and Abigail Booth produce sculptural and wall based works that look at landscape as a site of exchange between material and the maker. Driven by a deep relationship to the land they work with a range of raw materials sourced directly from landscapes in and around the UK. Wood, earth and iron are the reoccurring elements that ground their individual practices in a material investigation of form, composition and colour. Their work challenges the relationship between the imagined and the actual, where landscape occupies the critical space between thought and process. Max and Abigail treat this liminal space as a site where human narratives can be challenged and re-written through their interaction with the natural. The use of raw material is integral to the work, with wood transformed into objects symbolic of human ritual, and cloth saturated in iron and earth to produce images that conjure the monumental and meditative.

Exhibitions

Current:

Walking The Line | 29 September - 18 November | Ruthin Craft Centre | Ruthin, Wales

Studio practice Forest + Found present an exhibition of new work by collaborative artists Max Bainbridge and Abigail Booth. 

Working alongside one another, Booth and Bainbridge tread the line between art and craft, crossing seamlessly between contemporary art practices and the traditions of craftsmanship, as they navigate the changing context of the maker. Driven by a deep relationship to the land, they produce sculptural and wall-based works that look at landscape as a site of exchange between material and the maker. Walking The Line is the biggest collection of work they have exhibited to date and is a reflection on form and composition in their work, and the meditative nature of their practice. Booth’s large, abstract textile pieces are rooted in the conceptual language and materiality of painting, while Bainbridge’s sculptural forms hewn from wood, reflect a need to create a tangible, physical presence in space.

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Images by Yeshen Venema


MAX BAINBRIDGE / ABIGAIL BOOTH