My practice explores contemporary subjectivity through the relationship between everyday and other space, specifically drawing on Foucault’s notion of heterotopia. Through photography and installation, I respond to sites with uncertain borders, sites on the edge, fleeting and precarious, hovering between different histories, uses and meanings. In examining a site's historical and contemporary status, I am drawn to the transitions and overlaps in its identity, purpose and fabric and the human experience therein. The work is performative and spatial in its relationship with the viewer. It is simultaneously contained and disruptive, largely narrative and conceptually based and involves a period of extensive research about the subject. The context provides both a framework and rigour for the research and the making, which is distilled in a reciprocal relationship with the question(s) at hand. More recent work examines the ways an image mutates, breaks or becomes material in both 2 and 3D realms; further exploring the potential for our mind to dissociate space or reveal the transcendental. By working with different mediums and materials (prints, found objects, mirrors, video, perspex, fabricated spaces), the work becomes layered: at once historical and present, fictitious and real, liminal and fixed. (2015).
Wilberforce was awarded a Distinction in MA Fine Art from Chelsea College of Arts. She has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally including Standpoint Gallery, Tate Modern, Freud Museum, Open Eye Gallery, Courtauld Institute of Art, Leeds Art Gallery, Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), Limbo Substation Project Space, BFI Southbank, Stanley Picker Gallery, Van Abbemuseum and Ron Mandos Gallery. She was awarded the Rector’s Scholarship MA Fine Art, Chelsea College of Arts (2014), shortlisted for WW Solo Award (2013) and The Salon Photography Prize (2011). Her work is part of Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade, Chaos Gallery and National Museums Liverpool collections. She is Creative Director of Re-Cog, Post Artists and Resort Studios Member and AIR (Artists Interaction and Representation) Councillor for a-n The Artists Information Company. Wilberforce lives and works in London and Kent. b. 1975.