DRUGS: detail from the dressing floor. Botallack, West Penwith, Cornwall

Where is the ‘X’ in ‘SEX’!?


I had some difficulty in identifying a number of the letters especially in ‘SDMT’. I had to return on many occasions taking hundreds of photographs. It was a confusing and misleading process. I kept thinking of classical mural restorations such as the Sistine Chapel or Last Supper and how you could be fairly certain about how to interpret the changes of direction in brush stroke and perhaps be able to take educated guesses more assuredly. While down at the dressing floor with my eye pressed up to the concrete no such presumptions could be made. The work at the Sistine chapel was a work of beauty and craftsmanship but here I was trying to recover a clumsy, ugly script with little acknowledgment to form of any kind. Where is the ‘X’ in ‘SEX’!? Where does the cross bar of ‘A’ go or where has it gone! Is that really an ‘E’ or is it an ‘I’. Where does one ‘G’ end and the other one begin?

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Text from the exhibition

Text from the exhibition

Self guided trail

Self guided trail

Contemporary response

Contemporary response
Prediction - digitally imagined graffiti

Record

Record
Digitally remade graffiti

S+D+MT

S+D+MT
Digitally remade graffiti