Pal'imp-sest

Pal'imp-sest

Ice house, Helmsdale.
30x30cm
Mixed media including marker pen, drawing inks, oil pastels and gouache on paper stretched over board.

I’ve been fascinated by ice houses since viewing BBC’s Ghost story for Christmas: The Ice House, shown in the 1970s.
This image shows the ice house at Helmsdale, Sutherland. As part of the creative writing course run by Eleanor Thom at Timespan (in conjunction with her partner Chris Dooks’ residency there), we were asked to visit the ice house and to write down some responses to our experiences inside it. These in turn were recorded and form part of Chris’s final sound work SCALES, performed inside the ice house itself.
In preparation for the performance, the ice house was washed clean with a high-pressure hose, removing much of the very material that had led to the creative writing piece. Like a palimpsest it seemed to me that the original story/stories of the ice house had been erased so that a new one might be impressed upon it; hence the title of the work. The text that appears on the image is part of my own written response to the ice house.
For more information on Eleanor, Chris, the Ice House project and the TV play that originally piqued my interest in ice houses, please see the Links page.
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Pal'imp-sest

Pal'imp-sest
Ice house, Helmsdale.
30x30cm
Mixed media including marker pen, drawing inks, oil pastels and gouache on paper stretched over board.

I’ve been fascinated by ice houses since viewing BBC’s Ghost story for Christmas: The Ice House, shown in the 1970s.
This image shows the ice house at Helmsdale, Sutherland. As part of the creative writing course run by Eleanor Thom at Timespan (in conjunction with her partner Chris Dooks’ residency there), we were asked to visit the ice house and to write down some responses to our experiences inside it. These in turn were recorded and form part of Chris’s final sound work SCALES, performed inside the ice house itself.
In preparation for the performance, the ice house was washed clean with a high-pressure hose, removing much of the very material that had led to the creative writing piece. Like a palimpsest it seemed to me that the original story/stories of the ice house had been erased so that a new one might be impressed upon it; hence the title of the work. The text that appears on the image is part of my own written response to the ice house.
For more information on Eleanor, Chris, the Ice House project and the TV play that originally piqued my interest in ice houses, please see the Links page.