You Will Find Me Under the Heaviest of Blankets
23 April - 21 May 2022
Turntable Press Release
Turntable Gallery is delighted to announce the first solo exhibition by artist Abigail Jouanides. ‘You Will Find Me Under the Heaviest of Blankets’ is a tender, but visceral opening into the experience and impact of a late autism diagnosis. Her debut focuses on finding comfort in what Rachel Carson calls ‘The Edge of the Sea’. The works explore the weight and grief of processing years of feeling hidden under layers of protection, only to have those stripped away, and that which lies beneath, revealed, raw and unflinching. Abigail brings together drawings, embossings, sculptures and writings which invite you into her experiences through a profound kinship with rock pools. Extending beyond the physical place, in resonance with these uncovered landscapes. The works are a repetitive manifestation of an inner need to expel what is within via deep pressure and tactile friction. Abigail processes the trauma and grief of living without knowing, she is held, comforted and protected by her kinship, where she finds and lays bare, who she is from under that weight. Abigail Jouanides lives and works in Eastbourne, UK. She is a recent graduate of the Royal College of Art. She received a late Autism diagnosis in 2021 at the age of 32, which then brought many co-occurring discoveries over the course the past year. She is seeking to understand the diagnosis and the connection to landscapes.
Becky Beasley and Abigail Jouanides will discuss the politics and histories of printed matter, the power of small individual private gestures, self identification through clothing, queering and boundary spaces and neurodivergent perspectives.