UK-based contemporary artist Katrina Palmer builds sculptures using words. In 2013, she won a competition for “groundbreaking site-specific proposals that transform the cultural landscape” run by BBC Radio 4 and Artangel. Palmer worked with a piece of land that had been hollowed out by quarrying—the Isle of Portland, Dorset—to produce a haunting narrative and site-specific walk. The artist book book End Matter forms one part of Palmer’s story-sculpture. Comprised of the sitework’s documentary vestiges—appendices, acknowledg- ments, an epilogue, an index, a map, photographs and postscripts, and audio sections from her broadcast (which one can listen to online or while walking around Portland)—the book tells the story of the loss of Portland’s stone through the mysterious work of The Loss Adjusters, who are responsible for balancing the material and historical shifts of the island’s being. A compelling blend of imagina- tion and reality from this young and adventurous artist.
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