the unknowable

the unknowable

  • 2013
  • Pen, marker, embroidery on cardboard
  • Description

    I am caught in this contradiction: on the one hand, I believe I know the other better than anyone and triumphantly assert my knowledge to the other (‘I know you-I’m the only one who really knows you!’); and on the other hand, I am often struck by the obvious fact that the other is impenetrable, intractable, not to be found; I cannot open up the other, trace back the other’s origins, solve the riddle. Where does the other come from? Who is the other? I wear myself out, I shall never know.” —Roland Barthes, from ‘A Lover’s Discourse’

    Roughly 21.5×13.5in / 51.5x34cm.