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In the woods
In the woods
Ink and charcoal on paper

Since my bilingual son began speaking, I've recorded the ways he collages two languages together, borrowing words from language X when speaking language Y. Recently, we were at a playground near the forest and he asked me, "Est-ce que there are loups in the woods?" I inserted his phrase into Google Translate where it was read aloud separately in French and English and then digitally blended together with audio software. This image represents our respective drawings of the audio wave.

Work from this series was exhibited as part of a collaboration, Control + Shift, with Gudrun Filipska at BAAL (British Association for Applied Linguistics) Annual Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University, August 2019. Control + Shift is touring with BAL’s Visualising Multilingualism Programme.