Lemon is a meticulous construction made using the word 'lemon' in 40 languages: Dutch, Maltese, Afrikaans, Catalan, Galician, Papiamentu, Swahili, Thai, Southern Chinese, 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, English.
Exploring the territorial properties of language, rubber in this work is shaped into text and glued together- forming a surface that at once references topographic aerial view and domestic craft, such as crochet. 'Lemon', as a word, captures evidence of human activity: trade, conquer and migration. The phonetic association of this word is apparent from Japan to Latin America via the Mediterranean.
The piece also references the first line in William Carlos Williams' poem "Perfection". Kanarek replaces Williams' apple with lemon: "Oh lovely [apple] lemon! Beautiful and completely rotten".
About Yael Kanarek
Yael Kanarek’s multimedia works explore the relationship between language and emotion, between movement and identity. Her installations often feature words in delicate, lace-like strings of moulded rubber letters in multiple languages, including Hebrew, Arabic, and English. Kanarek is best known for her ongoing project begun in 1994, World of Awe, a virtual travelogue synthesizing photography, sculpture, and text. The fictional traveler is gender-less and nation-less, wandering in an alternate reality called Sunset/Sunrise and leaving behind love letters.
American, b. 1967, Israel, based in New York, New York