Translation Series

Claire Oboussier
Series of 5 limited edition prints
42 x 21cm

From the Latin – ‘to bear across’, ‘to carry beyond’, the word translate reminds us that language is a porous substance and that we are all ‘translated beings’. So often it is assumed that the process of translation inevitably involves loss. This series of works attempts to show that along with that loss something can also be gained. A simple English phrase is taken right through the Google translate process, passing through each language, its meaning mutating as it goes. Finally it returns to English transformed.