Anna Barriball

Black Wardrobe

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Black Wardrobe
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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