Compression: Elizabeth Creith

“For me, compression is about finding the essential, central core of a piece, whether it’s in clay or paper or in words. The purpose of the artist is to find that line, word, shape or texture that conveys just enough to allow the viewer or reader to fill in the rest without – and this is the trick – the viewer or reader recognizing her own complicity. To practise compression, you need a broad vocabulary of whatever vernacular you’re working in, so that you can narrow it precisely to convey that essential core.” — Elizabeth Creith