Twenty Thousand Leagues Under Seas
Book Work, 2013
This artist book takes early translations of Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (Vingt mille lieues sous les mers), from 1870, as a starting point and treats the process of translation as one of personal interpretation. Each book is a series of textual and visual interventions into Jules Verne’s classic tale of underwater travel in a fantastical submarine. While the basic plot remains the same, various parts of the text have been altered. This rewrite has been done in order to embed Art Nouveau forms into the narrative. At the same time, colonial attitudes in the novel are drawn out.
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Photography: Mario Todeschini
Illustrations for Leagues
46 x silkscreen prints on cotton paper, 20 x 20cm, 2012
The illustrations for the book are drawings using texts that had been discarded from late 19th century English translations of the novels. These have been made into a series of silkscreen prints.