Margaret Roberts, Wall-Drawing (detail) 2019, black floor tape on a wall and floor of the backroom at Articulate project space, August 2019.

On one wall, I drew the temporary wall in Articulate's backroom at the same scale, but vertical instead of horizontal, thinking that the wall and its drawing have the potential to hook onto each other in a sort of hug where the short length of each provides support to the long part of the other. I was thinking partly of Blinky Pallermo's 1971 mural painting on two walls facing each other, in which the walls strain to stay separate and not collapse into one painting as they seem to want to do(1). It is also a continuation of an interest in making gallery walls more visible by converting them into sculptures. Later on I also marked out the ceiling's eight inset lights onto the floor to incorporate the space between the ceiling and floor as well as between the two walls.

Above: the temporary wall in the backroom at Articulate project space. Photo: Jessica Maurer


(1) Blink Palermo, Wandmalerei auf gegenüberliegenden Wänden (trans: Mural on opposite Walls) an image of which is included in the essay on