I absolutely love this act of palimpsest and would very much like to see it in the flesh. There is something quite fascinating about the way each book functions on its own and in relation to the new ink. We've seen plenty of book sculptures of late, and single encylopedia pages being used as the backdrop for paintings, but I think what I love about Panikanova's pieces is the way that the physicality of the book remains.
In a new show at Rome’s Sara Zarin Gallery, the Russian-born artist Ekaterina Panikanova presents work composed of old books, which she arranges into a kind of jigsaw puzzle of palimpsests. (We’ve featured her on the Daily before.) “Paper, cards, and books have a fundamental value in my work,” she says. “I see them as a body of rules, dogmas, traditions, religious beliefs, and scientific discoveries, which, right or wrong for their time, human beings had put in cages.”