"The autograph is a strange, paradoxical thing. Unique and yet repeatable; conveyor of value though produced at no cost. [...] The Artist's unique style is his signature. The Artist appropriates things to his body of work simply by signing them, and the body is left to posterity. Gavin Turk was here. The Artist leaves his mark so that we know he was here, because he's not here now. With each signature he gives a little of himself to the world until he's all signed out. His signature is unique, characteristic, but tells you next to nothing about him. Take it to a handwriting expert and you'll be told that... this person, probably a man, seems to be a very energetic, outgoing sort of person, perhaps with an interest in some sort of sporting activity, but he also has a softer, more creative side to his personality blah blah blah... Yeh, thanks. He could be a Leo, he could be an amputee, he could be a serial killer. He could be an Artist. The signature masks and marks the absence of the Artist. Is there a real Gavin Turk behind 'Gavin Turk'? What's he really like?" (S. Bill, 'Gavin, what's your work about?', in: 'Gavin Turk. Collected Works 1989-1993', London 1993, unpaged).