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In Untitled(Secret), Marlene Penz works with used sheets from which she cuts out traces of usage and replaces them with new textile fabrics. The longstanding tradition of fabric-patching pursues different aesthetic conceptions in Eastern and Western cultures. In the West, it seems that substances need to be kept as intact as possible and are supposed to resemble the original condition. In Eastern cultures, conversely, subsequent interventions remain purposely visible. The attached patches decorate the fabric like scars and denote temporal traces of usage inscribed in the material as narratives. Above all, MP refers to traces of bodies, which work their way through as stains in the fabric. However, the works do not relate to a specific body – the body is rather present in its absence. The work opens up by means of this indefiniteness thus giving rise to the possibility of placing memories.

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