Time-based text work
(3 months)
pencils on paper
180 x 149 cm (paper size)
196.5 x 160 x 18 cm
(frame size)
signed and dated verso
(Tanger 23 août –
Paris 21 novembre 2008)
Photo Patrick Lafievre
© Vittorio Santoro

Part poetic expression, part semantic experiment, Santoro’s text drawings are imbued with a sense of time passing:  the mental and physical effort required in retracing the same sentence everyday for between six months to two years, and a curious feeling that remnants of the neural processes driving the human ritual might remain trapped within the largely indistinguishable layers of graphite or ink.

Rebecca Geldard