In the Woods
In the Woods explores code-switching and language in literature and the visual arts. Its inspiration is the simultaneous acquisition of French and English by my bilingual child. Since he began to speak, I've recorded the ways he collages the 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. The drawings of the audio wave. I'm also working on sketches for a temporary light installation to be situated in the forest near our family home in Limousin. The phrase is "Non canimus surdis respondent omnia silvae," from Virgil's Bucolics.