Window II

Anna Barriball (1972 - )

Pencil and coloured pencil on paper

2007

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  • About the work
    Location
    Country: Singapore
    City: Singapore
    Place: British High Commission
    Made by placing a large piece of paper over a stained glass window, and rubbing it with a pencil, Window II assumes the physical qualities of a sculpture. The pencil graphite creates a metallic, shimmering surface replicating the window leads, while the paper warps under the repeated heavy lines. Barriball’s work is process-led, whereby the method of creation is as important as the subject of the artwork. This approach reveals poetic and magical features in otherwise mundane things within a suburban setting. The blue sky visible through Barriball’s window suggests tranquillity on your doorstep. It offers a response to Sir John Betjeman’s 1973 epic poem Metro-Land that praised and then lamented the passing of a less frenetic age. The term ‘Metro-Land’ was used as a promotional slogan for the Metropolitan Railway between 1915 and 1930, with its promise to transform the lives of Londoners by linking to green suburbs.
  • About the artist
    Born in Plymouth, Anna Barriball attended the Falmouth School of Art (1991–92), Winchester School of Art (1992–95) and Chelsea College of Art (1999–2000). She has exhibited in the UK and internationally since 1995, with a first two-person exhibition at the Arnolfini, Bristol (2003), followed by a first solo show at Frith Street Gallery, London (2004). Barriball lives and works in London.
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  • Details
    Title
    Window II
    Date
    2007
    Medium
    Pencil and coloured pencil on paper
    Dimensions
    height: 60.80 cm, width: 67.40 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Frith Street Gallery, October 2007
    Provenance
    Frith Street Gallery, Frieze Art Fair, London
    GAC number
    18149