Rosetta is a print modeled after the Rosetta Stone, a slab of black basalt inscribed with identical lines of hieroglyphics, demotic and Greek languages. The Rosetta Stone provided key evidence that helped with the translation of hieroglyphics. In Rosetta, a low-res thumbnail image of the Rosetta Stone, gleaned from the internet, is scaled up to accurate dimensions, rendering the translation possibilities impossible. The piece suggests the weaknesses of digital methodologies. Alternately, the piece proposes the possibility of a new language of digital compression that will be translated by future generations.

This piece is designed to scale and measures 32″ by 41″ (actual Rosetta stone is 3’9″ x 2’41/2″). Click on images for closer view.

Rosetta mounted to cintra

Close up of Hieroglyphic text crunched by digital compression

Close up of Demotic text crunched by digital compression

Close up of Greek text crunched by digital compression