Lost in Translation
Laser cut books, 2021
I use language as my medium to discover untranslatable words from different cultures to showcase the dysfunctions of communication that generate dissonance between image and text. The text, which when transformed into art, becomes an ornament. The importance of the dichotomy between destruction and creation resonates in the transition from the unused books to the digital era/technology (vice versa).
Meaning: The feeling of grief often rooted in regret.
Meaning: This term is used to describe the art of being in tune to someone else’s feelings, thoughts and emotions to properly gauge and react to a situation.
Meaning: To feel a sense of desire and quest or look for something lost. searching, seeking, search, inquiry, quest, scrutiny, examination, investigation.
Meaning: An urban Indian slang spoken by the youth, meaning ‘merely’ or ‘simply’, but much more than that. It is typical of Tanglish (Tamil influenced English), and is normally used in Southern Indian cities.
Meaning: (in southern Indian and Sri Lankan English) used to express distress, regret, or grief. A plethora of emotions, all the way from surprise to regret to exclamation, you name it.