In this body of work, Ellsworth examines the texture of history and memory in a selection of small and subtle objects, some in the form of cardboard boxes and hardback book casings.

Rubbed arduously and repeatedly with graphite, the interiors of boxes become velvety and reflective. This treatment brings attention to both their stark geometrical architecture, and the essential emptiness and latent potential of these vessels for our various files, castaways, consumer products and mementos. Through this action, the artist came to appreciate their intrinsic, hidden loveliness.

 -Megan Bates, 2014