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La dilution du langage n°1-12 (2022)

Emmanuelle Quertain


  • Description  
  • Print on Epson German Etching  
  • Dimensions  
  • 42 x 59.4 cm  
  • Edition (signed and numbered)  
  • 5 + 1 AP + 1 PP  
  • Year  
  • 2022  

In the series of prints La dilution du langage n°1-12, created at the Frans Masereel Centrum within the framework of Hibernus#1, Emmanuelle Quertain interweaves visual and linguistic motifs based on the idea of liquidating or diluting language. Using a digital scanner, Quertain created distorted glitch depictions of her oil paintings and dictionary entries, images that represent visual and written language. The experimental process, in which an image achieves liquid-like qualities, reflects the violence contained within excess and fast consumption. This puts into perspective, on the one hand, the authority of language and, on the other, the value of painting within the art market. The simple aesthetic gesture also embodies the comparable characteristics of light and water within the artistic working process.

The project takes on an alternate form in the artist publication EQSNC, a mail order catalogue conceived as a near commercial way to ‘show in tiny models’ a range of work in a specific technique and duration of time, in the manner of Duchamp’s Boîte-en-valise.

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