This series of prints was inspired by The Periodic Table, a book by Italian author Primo Levi. Each chapter of the book relates one of the chemical elements to an episode in Levi's life, interweaving his training as a chemist with his experiences in Fascist Italy and imprisonment in Auschwitz. Woodrow admired this clarity of structure and the fact that Levi linked chemistry to life in a way that his own education had failed to. Each print relates to one of Levi's chapters, referring obliquely to incidents or images in the text.
Gallery label, August 2004