Jessica Warboys, Boudica, video still, 2014.
Jessica Warboys works with film, painting, sculpture and stained glass. But her main medium may be the organizing powers of resemblance and our capacity and willingness to engage in its detection.
Warboys’ ideal viewer willingly engages in a play of recognition, without asking which media ranks first. Film, object, glasswork and canvas are equal, and none of them takes priority over the others. In this sense, her practice could be described as ‘lateral’: it does not mark out an origin but simply brackets the question of which of these media could precede the others. They occupy a threshold zone between painting, object and filmic prop. Reciprocally, the artist’s filmic work never quite detaches itself from the material objects which the viewer sees on screen since these objects are encountered once again in the same gallery space where the film is projected. Every single piece sends the viewer in more than one direction and hence functions as a relay among others in a network of interconnections.
Jessica studied at Falmouth College of Arts and Slade School of Art, London. 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. The artist was in the following exhibition: Rumblestrip Links :http://jessicawarboys.com/