Anna Barriball works in a variety of media, engaging in minimal interactions with objects and often steps between the parallel languages of drawing and sculpture.
Much of her practice explores and depicts the accretion of time – from the length of time it takes for a candle to burn down to the repetitious activity of taking graphite rubbings from objects that bear the traces of their use or function. In her hands a map of the world is transformed into a strange expanse of shimmering substance, or the bounce of a rubber ball on a piece of paper creates the effect of a cosmic explosion. Her interventions produce objects that combine a minimalistic rigour and the seemingly endless endeavour to make sense of the world of objects by empirical study.
Anna Barriball, born 1972 in Plymouth, England, lives and works in London. She has been collaborating with BORCH Editions since 2003.