Devoré is a reductive process where chemicals are used to eat away cellulose fibers, allowing me to etch an image into velvet by removing the pile (the fluffy part) to reveal the base. Only through this process of destruction and eating away can the image become visible, and, as a result, the image recedes. Rather than a crisp, clear image, the lines are a bit muddied and the effect of white on white forces the viewer to work to discern the image, just as one has to work when trying to recall a certain memory. 
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