b. 1972, Plymouth, England
Anna Barriball’s unequivocal use of materials results in work that hovers beneath the threshold of visibility. Her interventions produce objects that are at once locked in time yet echo the processes by which they are made. Early works such as treated found objects and slide projections act as counterpoints to more recent architectural relief drawings, floor pieces, and video works that emanate luminous colour. This range of mediums is a testament to Barriball’s enduring interest in the indexical; in particular her engagement with the sculptural qualities of paper demonstrates a seemingly endless endeavour to make sense of the world by empirical study. Through her uncanny approach to making, Barriball demonstrates how the aesthetics of everyday life can be reimagined or transformed in unexpected ways.
Installation view at Pasquart, Biel/Bienne, Switzerland, 2018