‘Things That Grow In Haunted Places’ is a creative research project that explores a hypothetical mutation of materials and organisms. Abbey aims to build upon the understanding that all things eventually go back into the earth, addressing environmental, political and cultural issues, as she imagines what will grow out of our synthetic waste and form the uncanny ecologies of our future.
Using sculpture, video, sound, text, photography and drawing, Abbey creates otherworldly forms that exist in an imagined, but not so far off, future. Sometimes these works look like fossils and remnants of a future past, while others speculate about the mutations of plant-animal hybrids. She brings together her multimedia works to create an immersive digital world, a poetic experience of life beyond the Anthropocene, telling a tale of the resilience of nature in the face of ecological crisis.
Abbey’s research navigates the intersection between object-oriented thought and ecological perspectives, often using allegory to depict the concepts and ideas that have been critical in the development of the project, such as her re-conceptualisation of Ghosts and Monsters from Anna Tsing’s ‘Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet’ . She is also influenced by speculative narratives, science fiction novels and ancient mythology, which highlight the importance of storytelling for earthly survival.
With this work, Abbey invites us to re-think our human position in the world in relation to all other life forms and re-consider our participation in a vast network of vibrant matter. She hopes for this to be a constantly evolving project, continuing to respond to a perpetually shifting environment.