The local landscape is simultaneously presented as subject and co-artist in this collaboration between the British artist and nature.
To celebrate its reopening, Tate St Ives hosts a duo of exhibitions collectively entitled The Studio and the Sea. As well as this brand new display by Jessica Warboys, a second show explores a century of ceramics.
Located in the galleries overlooking Porthmeor Beach, the star of Warboys’ engaging exhibition is a series of her latest large-scale Sea Paintings – specially commissioned for the museum refurbishment and prepared on the Zennor coast. In a unique practice that she developed at Falmouth School of Art, Warboys has employed the sea itself as her apprentice by submerging pigment-soaked canvases into the water and using the waves, salt and sand to guide her designs.
An eye-catching vision themselves, the rough-hewn paintings form a backdrop for several new sculptures installed in the exhibition rooms, along with playful objects that reference Warboys’ on-going work in cinema and performance.
In the final room, there is the opportunity to experience Warboys’ films concerned with the British landscape and the real or imagined figures associated with it. Shot in 2012, Pageant Roll plays out in the familiar landscape of the Cornish moors, while the 2014 footage Boudica transports viewers to Norfolk. A brand new commission, Hill of Dreams is inspired by Welsh author Arthur Machen’s semi-autobiographical tale set in rural Gwent, more than a century before Warboys was born there.