Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Strategies of restoration

Elisa and I have discussed at various times how artists, craftspeople and historians engage with the idea of restoration. There is the issue of whether the new should blend into the old or if it should be clearly defined. An example of this would be concrete vs limestone in a restoration of an old building. This is particularly applicable to Elisa's engagement with memory and various ideas I've written about in relation to her work. Rather than it being research-based, she surrenders to the 'holes' in her recollections. Similarly, my work has looked at experience and ambuigity. This replicates - to a certain extent - how we and others confront the world without context and 'appropiate' tools.

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