The concept for the structure of Palimpsest derives from the Renaissance studiolo ‑a small, self-contained private chamber within a palace or the vestment room of a church. These spaces were intended to serve as emblematic visual formulations of a particular philosophy of life, and to commend the mutual responsibilities of the individual and the ruling powers within the urban cultural context My piece offers the viewer, as it did the scholar, prince, or priest, a discrete vantage point from which to ponder the larger world ‑an occasion, perhaps, for fathoming a sense of order in a parlous time.
“Immagino Nancy,….girare per Parma con la macchina fotografica, osservatrice solitaria: il rapporto con i segni della storia e’ cosi forte da evocare non solo la cultura che ha studiato ed amato, ma insieme ad essa, il senso del proprio lavoro, quello della vita, la filosofia con cui ha voluto guardare il mondo: Parma e’ diventata cosi, strada per strada, foto per foto, lo Studiolo di Nancy Goldring.”
“I can imagine Nancy, all the Nancys I have described (i.e. traveler, photographer, artist, professor)wandering through Parma with her camera, a solitary observer: the relationship with the traces of history are so powerful that they evoke not only the culture she has loved and studied, but also a sense of her work, her life, and the philosophy which conditions the way she sees the world; Parma, then becomes, street by street, photograph by photograph the Studiolo of Nancy Goldring.”
Massimo d’Alessandro, Professor of Industrial Design, University of Rome, Department of Architecture.
“Goldring’s recombinant memory is more like the memory theatre described by Frances Yates in the Art of Memory (1966) in which all the world has its place, its names and departments being attached to rooms, statues and niches. In the mind’s eye these rooms form a complex network, with logical and illogical hierarchies connecting all objects. The moving temple of images on the axis of the studiolo promises much, bringing to life a space wherein this dissolved world objects and atmospheres can collide, animating Goldring’s Palimpsests with a strange new beauty and heterotopic poetry.”
David Grahame Shane, Adjunct Professor of Architecture at Columbia University and Cooper Union.