Tuesday, August 7, 2012

layers of meaning

Our artists are constantly making us look things up (see recent post re: Joanne Williams).

When Graceann Warn first referred to a palimpsest, we nodded knowingly - and then went and looked it up when her back was turned.

Definition of PALIMPSEST (from Merriam-Webster)

: writing material (as a parchment or tablet) used one or more times after earlier writing has been erased
: something having usually diverse layers or aspects apparent beneath the surface
Examples of PALIMPSEST
The ancient city is an architectural palimpsest.

Here is Graceann's artist statement, to put it all in context:

"I paint and I construct.
Both my paintings and assemblages use the metaphor of excavation. My formal education in landscape architecture and classical archaeology provides structure to artistic flights of fancy that always seem
to revolve around some form of revelation: The attempt to unearth an object or solve a mystery.
Leaving a Trace, a Vestige, a Palimpsest."

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