London based artist, Paul Stephenson, creates his work through a form of painting called Sous Rature. The definition for this technique, involves the crossing out of a word within a text, but allowing it to remain legible and in place. Stephenson elevates this further, through his remixing of old original works of art into something new and modern.
“Instead of using a blank canvas I take original artwork (not prints or multiples) created by other artists and erase parts of them. The result is destructive and creative, a forced collaboration, iconoclasm; image breaking in the literal sense and what constitutes graffiti is neither the inscription nor its message but the wall, the background, the surface; it is because the background exists fully as an object that has already lived, that such writing always comes as an enigmatic surplus, that is what disturbs the order of things.” – Stephenson.