Date of Award

Spring 5-16-2014

Author's School

Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts

Author's Department/Program

Art (Painting)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)


This statement examines translation as a way to explore the act of painting. Drawing from theories of literary translation as discussed by Walter Benjamin, this essay looks at the ways in which the process of translating an image from a photograph into a painting echoes many ideas that come from the approach of translating between languages. The theme of translation is discussed first through an examination of the role of the photograph in determining the content of the paintings, using Gerhard Richter as a reference. The role of material and the physicality of paint in the translation of a space is then examined as a key to understanding the transformation between photograph and painting. Finally, the act of translation is discussed as a way to gain knowledge and a new understanding of the subject.


English (en)

Advisor/Committee Chair

Michael Byron

Advisor/Committee Chair's Department