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Pacita Abad: Life in the Margins at Spike Island

Cumberland Road, BRISTOL, Avon, BS1 6UX

Tel: +44 (0)117 929 2266

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Pacita Abad Life in the Margins at Spike Island


Life in the Margins is the first exhibition in the UK by Filipino American artist Pacita Abad (1946–2004). Curated in collaboration with London-based artist Pio Abad, the exhibition includes twenty large-scale ‘trapunto’ paintings and works on fabric made between 1983 and 2002.

Trapunto refers to a quilting technique that Abad began experimenting with in the late 1970s in which canvasses are padded and stitched before being painted and layered with a range of printed textiles and objects, including buttons, rickrack, sequins and shells. Characterised by their vibrant colour and intricate construction, these works combine a broad range of styles, subjects and techniques, from social realist tableaus incorporating indigenous textiles to richly detailed abstractions inspired by Korean ink brush painting, Indonesian batik and Papua New Guinean macramé.

This pluralist approach to image-making across cultures, histories and styles underpins Abad’s work throughout the decades. Focusing on her depictions of the experiences of immigrants and her engagement with diverse cultural traditions, the exhibition at Spike Island offers an idiosyncratic perspective on transnational art and culture.


Gallery opening times:

Monday: Gallery closed
Tuesday: 12–5pm
Wednesday: 12–5pm
Thursday: 12–5pm
Friday: 12–5pm
Saturday: 12–5pm
Sunday: 12–5pm

Date of Event

Opening Times

Date: (18 Jan 2020 - 5 Apr 2020)


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