Lemon, 2008
Rubber and pins
Approx. 50 x 50 in / 127 x 127 cm

Lemon is a meticulous construction made from the word lemon in forty languages. Hundreds of words cut from rubber are glued together to form a surface that at once references topographic aerial view and domestic craft, specifically crochet. The work touches on the territorial properties of language. From Japan to Latin America through the Mediterranean, in these forty languages the word ‘lemon’ has a similar pronunciation. The word presents evidence of human activity: Trade, conquer and migration. Lemon includes the first line from the poem "Perfection" by Williams Carlos Williams. Williams’ apple is replaced with lemon: “Oh lovely apple lemon! Beautiful and completely rotten, [...]”

Dutch, Maltese, Afrikaans, Catalan, Galician, Papiamentu, Swahili, Thai, Bân-lâm-gú, Tongan, Irish, Albanian, Slovene, Wolof, Basque, Portuguese, Italian, Bulgarian, Russian, Macedonian, Serbian, Croatian, Romanian, Papago, Spanish, Greek, Turkish, Old French and Old Italian, Farsi, Urdu, Hebrew, Arabic, Bengali, Hindi, Assamese, Chinese, Uyghur, Korean, and English.

Project Created: 
November 2008