Mourning and Melancholia

 

- Meaningless Translation

This is a developing series of artworks about meaningless translation, in part after Freud's famous essay from 1917, Mourning and Melancholia, but also after current government legislation, psychological research, pieces of music and examples of letters from the artist's own correspondence. In all cases, the 'codes' used to embody the originals become unintelligible and lose all meaning in terms of their previous mode, but new qualities emerge, perhaps provoking questions 

regarding the original sources.

 

In all of the works below the text is progressively mechanically distorted until only visible as abstract patterns. The resulting shapes are then realised on paper in oil pastel and ink.

 © Jim Aitchison 2018