The Universal Now: St James Gate 1935/1991, 2010

Abigail Reynolds is inspired by a love of books and libraries. Whether working in sculpture, film or performance, Reynolds’ practice is essentially collage. The Universal Now is an ongoing series that is created by joining together photographs that depict the same place, taken from the same angle by different photographers, often decades apart. The artist cuts and folds the images onto themselves so that they create a new surface with both photographs being present in the given moment. In doing so the artist explores photography’s relationship to time and its ability to collapse the past in the present.