Jessica Warboys

Jessica Warboys works with film, performance, painting, sculpture. Her materials are often partnered with a natural element, such as the sea or the sun. The landscape becomes a place for making, performance and filming. In her ‘Sea paintings’ Warboys submerges large canvases into the sea before and after applying pigment directly onto its surface. The action itself is closely linked to performance, with the traces of movements revealing the action of making and the strength of the environment. Hung or suspended, engulfing or opening the space, Warboys chooses not to stretch the canvas, but to retain the freedom to respond to the gallery, maintaining a continuous and open-ended approach to its interpretation and installation. This approach to painting related to both performance and gestural improvisation, is akin to the way Warboys makes her video works, in which narrative is gradually revealed. Warboys lives and works in the UK and France. A forthcoming solo exhibition 'Ab Ovo', will be at Spike Island, Bristol, (2013) and she is currently showing the film 'Pageant Roll' in the auditorium at the Whitechapel Gallery, selected by 'Kirsty Ogg' for Artists Film International, this film was previously exhibited as part of a larger installation in DOCUMENTA 13, curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev in 2012. Selected solo exhibitions include 'Panther Print', Gaudel de Stampa, (2012), 'Victory Park Tree Painting', Cell Project Space, London (2011), Le Crédac, Ivry-sur- Seine (2011), and 'Ballad of The Green Hoop ', curated by Anne-Sophie Dinant, South London Gallery (2010).