A place without ground

Artist’s book dummy, 2020

A book made under lockdown at the end of the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

“The thing we stare at has foundered, sunk into the image, and the image has returned to that deep fund of impotence to which everything reverts.”

“[The] force [of the image] is always groundless – its force comes from a place without ground, an abyssal place.”


Maurice Blanchot, ‘The Two Versions of the Imaginary’, The Space of Literature, trans. Ann Smock (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1989), p.255 

William Horner, Out of Use, parallax, 2010, vol. 16, no. 2, 57–67