Published on the occasion of the exhibition:
30 September - 27 November 2011, MK Gallery
21 January - 9 April 2012, The Fruitmaket Gallery
This fully illustrated publication brings together a generous selection of Barriball's work, from the beginning of her career in 2000 to ambitious, large-scale new work made in 2011. It includes essays by Director of The Fruitmarket Gallery Fiona Bradley and writer and academic Briony Fer, along with a conversation between Anthony Spira, Director of MK Gallery and Anna Barriball.
Barriball makes work which moves between drawing and sculpture, often using the practice of drawing to create something which might be more properly understood to be sculpture. Sheets of paper pressed insistently by her pencil up against windows, walls and doors become heavily material objects, while things in the world – windbreaks, found photographs, a fireplace – are redrawn as artworks through subtle alteration.
Barriball has had solo exhibitions at Frith Street Gallery (2009), Walsall Art Gallery (2006), Gasworks Gallery, London, Newlyn Art Gallery (2005) and Arnolfini, Bristol (2003). Barriball’s work was included in the British Art Show 6 at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead and its subsequent tour and is also featured in Phaidon’s major publication Vitamin D, a survey of contemporary drawing.