Scratch - Urban Palimpsests


This (ongoing) body of photographs documents found glass surfaces in various locations between London and Sussex.

Over time, echoes of various narratives emerge in these locations. These comprise natural marks (detritus, moisture, weathering) and deliberate interventions: some constructive (an intimate declaration, a violent outburst, a confessional message, a proposition); others destructive (a crossing out, a violation made with fire or acid, an abrasion, an incoherent gesture akin to primal automatism).

Gradually, various elements arrive and coexist - often quite briefly - leaving a peculiar trace of what each space has witnessed. It's hard not to become fascinated by the rawness, the ambiguity and the contexts of these natural palimpsests. It is rarely clear when, how or why these stories emerged: half-told, semi-visible, obscure, over-written, often crude, always fleeting ghosts of experience catch the light occasionally to reveal a mysterious calligraphy and to trigger a sense of forensic curiosity. At their best, two or more incidents combine to offer unintended juxtapositions, interpretations and potential meanings.

This body of work seeks firstly to examine this rather unusual mark making, to amplify unheard voices, and to encourage exploration of the corners and recesses of our immediate environments. It also seeks to celebrate the richness found in the banal; the ordinary; the present, and to find new ways of experiencing landscape. 

Prints from this series are 40cm square and in editions of 10.


 

 

 

 

 

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