“I am interested specifically in what is gained in an act of translation as opposed to what is lost, and…how the multiplicity of forms can create a kind of cacophonous affect—a chorus, an argument, or a call and response.”
Inspired by the act of translation—the way meaning can shift across contexts of cultures—Caroline Kent’s paintings contain secret codes and hidden messages. Painted against black backdrops, the shapes in her paintings are often inspired by architecture, foreign languages, and film. She thinks of her compositions almost like musical scores, dance, choreography, or scripts; a way of imagining new ways of moving through the world.
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