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Michelle Abbott

8 and Upwards
8 and Upwards Michelle Abbott Drawing8 and Upwards Michelle Abbott Drawing8 and Upwards Michelle Abbott Drawing

8 and Upwards

Paper collage with watercolour, pencil, cotton and ink
40.5cm x 40.5cm



In my new works on paper I am investigating the paths and patterns of timelines, existence and connections with others amidst the chaos of 7 billion. Is our life a continuous flow of chance meetings, or is all directed from our own decisions; or are we simply at the mercy of a greater puppeteer. I am charting my life so far, via pivotal points and the human connections I have made along the way; some which are still going, some which came along like a bolt out of the blue.  By plotting my axis of existence, almost as a ship would plot its course, I am creating patterns of my life. I am charting the randomness, the closeness, the continuity of my connections to others and threading together the new and the old, layers of history and times gone by which are still relevant to the the now. Symbols, numerology, layers and codes of life events are charted and visually brought together using mixed media and cottons to sew the maps of time into a fixed formulaic graph of life so far.












1972Born in South London
1990 - 1991Epsom School of Art and Design
1991 - 1996University of Edinburgh & Edinburgh College of Art - MA Fine Art