Idris Khan;

Archimedes Palimpsest;

“A ‘palimpsest,’ from the Greek word palimpsestos, meaning ‘scraped again,’ is a manuscript written on parchment that has another text written over it, leaving two (or more) layers of visible writing. Palimpsests were common in antiquity because parchment was scarce and costly. Manuscripts were recycled and reused, their original content rubbed away and overwritten.”

“An extended meaning of ‘palimpsest’ is described as ‘an object, place or area that reflects its history,’ ‘something having diverse layers or aspects apparent beneath the surface’ or ‘engraved on what was originally the back side’ and ‘interactions or reinforcement of a design idea over time. Therefore, ‘palimpsest’ is not only a fabric of accumulated evidence of the past, but also a way to justify existence and provide the linkage between past and present.”

from Janie Poon, Palimpsest: the Future of the Past in Visible Language Vol.42 No.3 (2008) P.244

Rachel Whiteread;

“…while sprung from and connected to Whiteread’s own memories, they are generic objects which Whiteread saw ‘very much as a part of London’s detritus,’ and as such, the memories they embody are also of a generic order, specific in their surface detail but both allusive and elusive with their regard to the history behind those details.”

from Joan Gibbons, Contemporary Art and Memory, Images of Recollection and Remembrance, (London; I.B Tauris &Co. Ltd, 2009) P.32

Colour Reform Carpets;

Ainsley Hillard;