Robert Powell

The Hanging Tree

Robert Powell:  has long been interested in encyclopaedic and organisational forms, in representations of reality whose straining after universality is constantly subverted as they are enmeshed in a web of cultural and personal memory, of national histories, and myths, always with the covering cherub of art history looming above. This interest is exemplified in his ‘A Universal History of Iniquity’, which he has described as ‘a universal history viewed through the prism of Borges’ Aleph relocated to an Edinburgh basement.’