Carolyn Thompson’s Former Works

The Eaten Heart

The Eaten Heart is an adaptation of the Penguin Great Loves version of Giovanni Boccaccio’s The Eaten Heart: Unlikely Tales of Love. Text has been removed from every page with the use of a scalpel, leaving only words that could pertain to the body, or body parts. By removing these words from their context and grouping them together, their significance changes dramatically, thus celebrating the abundant innuendo in Boccaccio’s original text. 2013, found book, 18 x 21.5cm

Black Mirror

Black Mirror consists of the full thirteen pages of Truman Capote’s short story Music for Chameleons as it appears in the Penguin Pocket edition My Side of the Matter. Each page has been scanned from the book. The words have been replaced with colour blocks, where those colours appear in the original story. A layer of black replaces the remaining text. Whilst some pages are colourful and vibrant due to the number of colour references in the original, others remain stark and unsettling. 2011, 13 x archival pigment prints on Hahnemühle Photo Rag, 17.8 x 10.6cm each, edition of 10

The Beast in Me

The Beast in Me is a collection of sentences and part sentences beginning with ‘I’ cut from eight novels by different authors. The statements are presented one after another in a circular narrative with no natural beginning or ending and can therefore be read from any point. When removed from their original context, they become ham-fisted stabs at self-revelation and blurted snapshots of confession. The narrative, whilst light and frivolous in places, descends into a sinister and uncontrollable rant in others. 2010, installation of found text, 100 x 100cm (approx)

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