Description translations continues the relational thread of linguistic/language manipulation that has dictated all of the work shown so far in Screen. It will be projected, bright, colorful, and silent, on the wall, waiting to be encountered.
Statement When you send a text or email it can be difficult to predict how your message will be interpreted. Recently I sent someone an email and I didn’t get a response. I wondered if the receiver understood what I was trying to say.
I copied my message into Google translate and turned it to French and then translated the French back to English. I ended up translating back and forth between all the different languages Google translate offers and watched my message successively degrade into nonsense. The experience was strangely gratifying. I’ve been repeating the process with other phrases of significance from times throughout my life. The process is most interesting when the translations sift the messages down and reveal some larger meaning or further insight on the original phrase.
Bio Jamie Marie Waelchli was born in Wausau, Wisconsin. She completed her Master of Fine Arts at Washington State University in 2007. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon where she explores self-disclosure and interpersonal connection through new media.