Abigail DeVille was born in 1981 in New York, United States. She trained in painting at Yale University and the New York Fashion Institute of Technology. She creates part-archaic, part-Afrofuturist sculptures and installations using rubbish and found objects, such as the wooden door and four brooms that make up Talismán, continuing the tradition of assemblage developed in the United States and Europe. For DeVille, history is recorded in these objects – which are often items from everyday life – that are the receptacles of lost voices. When she talks of her work, she recalls the unfailing optimism of the African-American communities in the face of the weight of the past, and readily recites the Martin Luther King’s final speech: “But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars.”
Her work was included in the exhibition 'Untitled, 2020' (2020) at Punta della Dogana.