Warboys, Jessica
Jessica Warboys spans film, performance and painting – diverse practices that are closely related in her work. Tremolo (2017) is an installation by Warboys and Morten Norbye Halvorsen. The work uses sound to modulate lights which in turn articulate, shift and animate the form of a sculptural painting of the same name. Shadows and highlights expand the form of the painting, which calls to mind the abstract reliefs of Ben Nicholson. It is centred on a wall flanked by two light strips, which face the painting at an angle so that they form, when in unison, an even illumination of the piece. The audio signal also mirrors the positions of the lights, left and right. The sound element of the piece unfolds as a series of gravelly resonating sounds, reminiscent of the organ and dulcimer, a musical string instrument. The entire space hums and seems to swell, animating the wall piece which takes on the quality of a mysterious, all-seeing eye.
  • Artwork Details: 81 x 81 x 27cm running time: 20 minutes
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  • Material description: Wood, PVC pipe, acrylic paint, two channel sound DMX controlled incandescent stage blinders, computer software, loud speakers
  • Credit line: © the artist
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  • Medium: Installation
  • Accession number: ACC36/2017



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