Wax, hair, teeth, mixed media
Eleanor sees the British Library as a strange factory whose product is the proliferation of the raw materials it consumes. A multitude of researchers manufacture fresh texts from old. The process, a little obscure, through which reading is transformed into writing is explained by this waxwork – specifically that whereby academic endeavour may be converted into fiction. The apparatus is an homage to surrealist writer Raymond Roussel, who developed mechanisms for generating a laboratory of potential literature. The Library holds recent psychological studies which seek and fail to explain the fecundity of Roussel’s method: these were consulted extensively in the production of this exhibit.