How Text Becomes Clay and Clay Becomes Music!

Arts Integration Initiative Supports Innovative Research

Veronika Yadukha (MA '23) has received a grant from Dartmouth's Arts Integration Grant Program for the project, "The transmedial translation of the Novel Amadoka: How Text Becomes Clay and Clay Becomes Music." The grant, which she plans to use after graduation, will allow her to learn traditional clay musical instrument-making techniques from ceramic artists in Oaxaca, Mexico. The experience will let her reflect on incorporating the instruments that she makes in collaboration into her co-authored musical translation of Sofiya Andruhovych's novel Amadoka. The existing version of the work, which thematizes trauma, loss, and memory in Ukrainian history, currently relies on traditional Ukrainian clay instruments.