ARTIST:

Anna Barriball

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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.

Anna Barriball
Door, 2004
Pencil on paper
208.5 x 88 x 6 cm

Anna Barriball’s works convey an intimacy with the overly familiar. She smothers the surfaces of everyday objects so they become seductively sinister husks of their former selves. Made by placing a large piece of paper over a door, and rubbing it with a pencil, Door is a drawing that assumes the qualities of a sculpture. Its burnished graphite surface captures every subtle detail of the original object, while the paper warps and fluxes through repetitive handling to gain a solidity of its own. Central to Barriball’s practice is the time and effort involved in the making; her process formulates as poetic meditation, finding a delicate fascination in the mundane and overlooked.
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