Marija Tiurina’s “Untranslatable Words” Illustrates the Unique Beauty of Language
If you’ve ever tried to explain an idiom to a foreigner, then you may know how difficult it is to translate something into another language that just isn’t translatable. UK artist Marija Tiurina knows that exact challenge, and she’s managed to overcome it time and time again in her new series of illustrations entitled “Untranslatable Words.”
Using her signature cartoon characters to get the definition of a word across, Tiurina makes various words understandable on a universal level. Whether it’s a Brazilian word that means “the act of tenderly running fingers through someone’s hair” or a Spanish word that means “the mysterious power that a work of art has to deeply move a person,” she knows how to depict it wonderfully. Take a look at some of her illustrations in this gallery to get a feel for her character-driven artwork—I can only imagine you’ll relate to more than one of these words.