Isotopes

A Series of approximetly 500 drawings, text copied with carbon paper on newsprint paper, 30.5/56 cm, 12″/22″ inch. Custom-made cloth box 23″/13″ inch. 2012

The project Isotopes made by collecting headlines from the New York Times appeared in 2011. Each headline was transferred onto a blank newspaper using carbon-copy paper. The series forms an “archive of displacement”; based on Freud`s work, who defined displacement as unconscious defense mechanism whereby the mind substitutes either a new aim or a new object for goals felt in their original form to be dangerous or unacceptable.

Isotopes are variants of a particular chemical element which differ in neutron number.
The term isotope (origin 1913 : Coined by F. Soddy) from the Greek roots isos (ἴσος “equal”) and topos (τόπος “place”), meaning “the same place”; thus, the meaning behind the name is that different isotopes of a single element occupy the same position on the periodic table.


Photo credit Gil Lavi