MANY Studios, 4th October – 13th November

Gallery Opening times: Thursday-Saturday, 12-5pm. Free entry.


Curated by nick-e melville and Lila Matsumoto, Palimpsest presents works that have different relations to layers, or layering, as a creative process, including ‘Unnamed Terrains,’ a new suite of prints by Tom Schofield, ‘Where I Am Is Here,’ a film by Orcadian Film Poetry pioneer Margaret Tait, ‘Tipp-Ex erasures’ by nick-e melville and ‘Final Warning’ by Dorothy Alexander.

A palimpsest, from the Greek ‘scratched/scraped again,’ is the term for a piece of parchment which has had earlier writing effaced to make way for new writing. Over time, this often resulted in the visibility of two disparate layers of text. This disparition is what links these exhibits together: each piece uses different media to ‘scrape’ away, or overlay, various source materials, allowing new meanings to emerge from their recycled forms.