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Catherine Cabaniss, Palimpsest, 2002, Assemblage, 36 x 24 in., Collection of Donald Come

NEW/NOW: Catherine Cabaniss
Apr. 30 - Aug. 7, 2011
Opening Reception
5:30-8 p.m., Thursday, May 12, 2011

Next up in the NEW/NOW series is Catherine Cabaniss who brings her latest productions from her body of work entitled “Palimpsest.” The exhibition opens April 30 and runs through Aug. 7, 2011.

A palimpsest is a parchment on which the writing has been erased to create space for new text. Often the old script shows through and lingers behind the new words. Cabaniss first discovered this art form on a trip to Ireland in 2002 where she learned about seventh-century monks who laboriously wrote on parchment, then erased and revised it—thereby building up layers of meaning. Cabaniss does the same, but uses new materials, in this case digital photos printed on fabric; and assemblages using Plexiglas, hardware and RIVES BFK fine printmaking paper.

In these recent works, Cabaniss is inspired especially by the Celtic inscriptions on stone as well as metal and Celtic knot work. In ancient times the poet held an honored place and most things worth recording were written in verse as they were easy to remember and pleasant for listening. Inspired, Cabaniss uses selections from ancient Irish poetry in her creations.

Cabaniss, a resident of Birmingham, Alabama, holds a B.A. from Sweet Briar College in Virginia and a B.F.A from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.


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