TATTERDEMALION

Van Vessem Gallery, Tiverton, Rhode Island, 2016-17

Tatterdemalion:

noun

a person in tattered or ragged clothing; a shabby person. 

 

adjective

ragged; unkempt or dilapidated.

origin

1600-10, first written tatter-de-mallian and rhymed with Italian

c.1600, probably from tatter, with fantastic second element, but perhaps also suggested by Tartar, 

with a contemporary sense of "vagabond, gypsy."

The exhibition featured collages on pages from a 19th scrap book from Providence, Rhode Island, and books made from a German ledger from 1939-1940, as well as books made on handwritten legal documents from the 17-19th centuries.