Vesna Kittelson, Language Dictionaries I, 2017, altered books


Altered Language Dictionaries

Every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., and Fri. from March 1-April 6
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
March 3
6-8 p.m.
Art, Galleries

With her global awareness as an immigrant of Croatian descent, Minneapolis artist Vesna Kittelson astutely brings her concerns about conflict and violence into fabulous sculptural expression. In this exhibition, she has started with the written word. Her concept is the Tower of Babel. Her intention is to explore how language, in today’s politics, is consistently mistranslated, misconstrued, and otherwise manipulated to obscure authentic meaning. Dictionaries are her medium. She transforms them into other three-dimensional objects with materials including tar, gold leaf, encaustic, and adhesive letters. The result recontextualizes language’s potential in the 21st century.