Jessica Warboys: Body Sleep

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49, quai des Grands Augustins, 75006, Paris, France
Open: 2-7pm Tue-Sat


Jessica Warboys: Body Sleep

Jessica Warboys: Body Sleep
to Fri 22 Dec 2017

Gaudel de Stampa Jessica Warboys 1

Beginnings become lost
when remembering
Tremolo forms slow
light goes
a slope and a wall
heavy rolling
now back
right angle pose
shift flex
flexy kink
catch rough
powder puzzle
of things.

Jessica Warboys (1977, Newport) studied at Falmouth College of Arts and Slade School of Art, London. She currently lives between Suffolk and Berlin where she works with film, painting and sculpture. She was selected for Artists Film International, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London in 2013, and participated in dOCUMENTA 13, 2012. Further afield she participated in 9ª Bienal do Mercosul Porto Alegre, Brazil, 2013. More recently she has exhibited at Gaudel de Stampa, Paris; State of Concept, Athens; 1857, Oslo, 2015 and Kunstverein Amsterdam, 2016. During 2016-2017 Warboys participated in the British Art Show 8 and in 2017 she had a solo show at Tate St Ives, UK and currently at Towner, Eastbourne, UK.


«Sea Paintings are made below the high water line at the sea’s edge. After immersion, the sodden canvases are pulled from the sea and stretched out onto the beach. Mineral pigments are thrown directly onto the sea beaten canvas; its folds and creases catching the grains of colour. The process is repeated with the canvas returning to the sea or being left to dry.

Wind, sand and folds create forms through the movement of colours directed onto the canvas surface. The place and date of making is given in the title, emphasising the mirroring of the location and time.

sea sand wind

Hung or suspended, engulfing or opening into the space, the canvases are not stretched, but retain the freedom to respond to the architecture in which they are installed, maintaining a continuous and open-ended approach to their interpretation. The paintings orientation and proportions can be adapted as the canvases are positioned.

This approach to painting relates to both performance and gestural improvisation, and is parallel to the way I make films, in which narrative is gradually revealed. In a material sense the lengths of painted canvas could be interpreted as analogue lm; the sea painting pigment image could be seen to relate to gesture as the grain of lm relates to light and time.»

The dynamics of the Sea Paintings reverberate in Warboys’ new film Body Sleep (2017) which was filmed in Parikkala Sculpture Park in Finland. The Park took almost 50 years to build and is the lifetime project of artist Veijo Rönkkönen (1942-2010). Warboys’ film is a meditation on Rönkkönen’s strange figures, caught in time, yet both dynamic and petrified. Through nesting moss a mass of limbs are gradually being consumed by nature, these embedded energies mixed with an eerie sense of death and decay are central to the film.

Courtesy of the artist and Gaudel De Stampa, Paris

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