The writing in belongs to a series of collages (2020) responding to floor plans of buildings that hold personal resonance for Tallentire, among them a social housing development in Graz and the artist’s home. The plans are partially obscured by drafting tape and rectangular, blank cards—shapes that on a one-to-one scale correspond to passages from books that Tallentire returned to frequently while working from home during periods of self-isolation. While the concealed paragraphs appear merely in guise, otherwise emptied of textual content, their opening words turn titular instead. Placing diagrammatic representations of dwelling spaces alongside the intellectual space formed by the act of reading, the collages consider two correlated spatial systems that suffuse the everyday life.
The writing in, 2020
Xerox EcoPrint Paper 75gsm, 200gsm card, masking tape
25.5 x 21 cm
£4,400 (excl. VAT and shipping)