Abigail DeVille's sculptural installations are steeped in destruction and decay, acting as reflections on social and cultural oppression, racial identity, and discrimination in American history. This 2014 residency has been Brooklyn-based DeVille’s 3rd trip to Philadelphia to work with RAIR. She welcomed “the opportunity to return to Philly for another chance to make something ambitious with the engineering, material, and creative support RAIR gives generously.”
DeVille created an interactive installation for her show at Marginal Utility in December 2014. Visitors of the exhibit were invited onto a platform where they can peer into the remnants of a Philadelphia rowhome. As they look in, mirrors create a seemingly infinite reflection, giving the impression that the space is receding into a black hole.