Anna Barriball - Contemporary Artists

Black Wardrobe

Black Wardrobe The Saatchi Gallery
 

Anna Barriball

Black Wardrobe

2003
Tape on wardrobe

177.8 x 70 x 40 cm

Black Wardrobe is a bureau wrapped seamlessly in tape. Anna Barriball used obsessively repeated actions to press and rub the tape into the cupboard’s surface so that the coating forms a second skin that reveals the dresser’s most minute textures. Suffocated in black, the cupboard is almost unrecognisable as a solid form, becoming instead a monumental void connoting absence and memory. Through her intensive process, Barriball unveils a mystery in the domestic and familiar. Her work alludes to a synaesthesia of sight and touch, where senses merge and become heightened.
 
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