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Palimpsest

Palimpsest

Kay Rosen Palimpsest 1991/2020 Matte latex paint on wall

Dimensions variable
Edition of 12
Signed on accompanying certificate
(Inventory #30306)

The tenuousness and slippage which occurs in language parallel the fragility and uncertainty inherent in political systems of power. In “Palimpsest” a sacrosanct list of popes and kings, whose nine predecessors enjoyed authority determined, validated, and endorsed by a history of their namesakes, is thrown into confusion by the final ambiguous function of the single letter “X”. “X” changes this history from unquestionable ancestry to unknown ancestry. Historical predicability is threatened by the implications of a letter.