Anna Barriball Exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery

Anna Barriball
Black Wardrobe


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


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.

Anna Barriball's Biography

Born in 1972, Plymouth, England
Lives and works in London


Frith Street Gallery, London

Projection, Institut im Glaspavillon, Berlin
Live Art Performance: More and More – Performance of Reduction, Artist Studio
Residency, Camden Arts Centre, London

Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Copenhagen

Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh
The New Art Gallery, Walsall

Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall
Gasworks, London

Frith Street Gallery, London

Recognition: Anna Barriball and David Musgrave, Arnolfini, Bristol


Studio 44, Stockholm (forthcoming)

Newspeak: British Art Now, Saatchi Gallery, London, (forthcoming)
Lunar Distance, De Hallen, Haarlem (forthcoming)
Timewarp, CRAC Alsace, Altkirch
Second Hand, Engholm Engelhorn Galleries, Vienna

Park Avenue, Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton
Interiors and Prospects, Henry Moore Institute/Leeds City Art Gallery
Out Riding Feet, Harris Liebermann, NYC
Scary Movie, Contemporary Art Centre of SA1011

Echo Room, Alcala 3, Madrid
Scary Movie, Contemporary Art Centre of SA

Resonance, Frith Street Gallery, London
How to Improve the World: 60 Years of British Art, Hayward Gallery,
I Walk the Lines, Barbara Thumm, Berlin
Until It Makes Sense, Seventeen Gallery, London & Galerie Thaddeus
Ropac, Paris
You’ll Never Know, Hayward Gallery National (touring exhibition)

British Art Show 6 (BAS 6) touring exhibition, curated by Alex Farquharson and
Andrea Schlieker
The Hardest Thing to Draw is a Kiss, Wimbledon School of Art, London

Frequencies, Frith Street Gallery, London
Turpentine, Studio Voltaire, London
Bonobos, Niels Borch Jenson Galerie, Berlin
Not Always The Same, hammer, London
Mjellby Art Centre, Halmstad, Sweden

Still Life in contemporary British art, British Council Touring Exhibition

Superfluity: British Artists at Latvijas Makslas Akademija Latvijas Makslas Akademija, Riga, Latvia
Prospects 2002 contemporary drawing exhibition Essor Gallery Project Space, London
Giardino Studio d'Arte Raffaelli, Trento/Galleria Del Tasso Arte Contemporanea, Bergamo, Italy

Centro Culturale Paggeria del Commune di Sassuolo, Sassuolo, (Modena), Italy
The (Ideal) Home Show, Gimpel Fils, London
Drawings, Frith Street Gallery, London
Rewind, Glassbox, Paris

Felt-tip, Zwemmer Gallery, London
Oeuvre d'etre/Works of being, Temple Gallery, Rome
New Contemporaries 2000 Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes
Cornerhouse, Manchester
Inverleith House, Edinburgh
The Armchair Project, Cinch, London
Here Comes the Night, London
Living With the Dutch, London

The Office of Misplaced Events, Lotta Hammer Gallery, London
Brainstorm, Goldsmiths College, London
The Equinox, Cairn Gallery, Gloucestershire

ne me quitte pas, Glassbox, Paris

Works on Paper, The Brooks Centre, Winchester