"Foteini Palpana’s installation If you were written on ice you would be
equally indecipherable focuses on the visual information, the tactile relations
and the remnants of a violent dialectic organized around a steady
observer. We are dealing with the recreation of hermetically sealed
surfaces bearing the signs of indecipherable writings. The network of
crevices on the surface of a rock is viewed by the artist as a
cryptogram that can be transcribed, but not necessarily interpreted."
Maps (Sea Folds) #1-20, 2015-2016, digital print on paper
Maps, like all maps, are abstractions
turned into objects. What is a digital image is also tangible. It can be folded
and spread out on the floor. As an object it may have its curves and edges
highlighted by artificial light.
"Prominent among the curses of civilisation is the map that folds up "convenient for the pocket". There are men who can do almost anything except shut a map. It is calculated that the energy wasted yearly in denouncing these maps to their face would build the Eiffel Tower in thirteen weeks. Almost every house in Edinburgh has a map warranted to shut easily, which the whole family, working together, is unable to fold."