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Exquisite Gorge II: A Feat of Translation

Artist Amanda Triplett in front of a gallery wall depicting the accumulated data and cut patterns for her team’s section of the Exquisite Gorge II project.

Essay and Photographs by FRIDERIKE HEUER


“Without translation, I would be limited to the borders of my own country. The translator is my most important ally. He introduces me to the world.”

— Italo Calvino, New York Times Interview with Frank MacShane, 1983

Stick with me, folks, even if the mere mention of “scientific data” makes some of you want to shut your ears and avert your eyes. It’s going to be a playful, wild dive into the patterns of wind and water, electricity and pollution, geological formations and human experience around the Columbia River Basin. All brought to you by yet another innovative artist, Amanda Triplett, and her team of Lewis & Clark College students involved in Maryhill Museum of Art’s Exquisite Gorge II project,…

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