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Print - Letters from my Mother

Letters from my Mother

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    1988 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Molnar, Vera, born 1924 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Screenprint on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Patric Prince

  • Museum number:

    E.1079-2008

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case RACK, shelf EXP

Vera Molnar first started to use computers in 1968. This screenprint was created from two plotter drawings that simulate the handwriting of Molnar’s elderly mother as she became increasingly unwell. In a description of the work, Molnar wrote:

" My mother had a wonderful hand-writing. There was something gothic in it (it was the style of writing of all well-educated ladies in the Habsburg monarchy in the early XXth century) but also something hysteric. The beginning of every line, on the left side, was always regular, severe, gothic and at the end of each line it become [sic] more nervous, restless, almost hysteric. As the years passed, the letters in their totality, become [sic] more and more chaotic, the gothic aspect disappeared step by step and only the disorder remained. Every week she wrote me a letter, it was a basic and important event in my visual environment. They were more and more difficult to decipher, but it was so nice to look at them... then, there were no more letters...So I went on to write letters of hers to myself, on the computer of course, simulating the transition between gothic and hysteric."

The drawing also functions as a study in symmetry and counter-composition. Its exploration of the relationship between order and chaos is common to many other early computer-generated art works.

Source: Patric Prince Archive, AAD/2009/19

Physical description

Screenprint on paper, from a plotter drawing.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

1988 (made)

Artist/maker

Molnar, Vera, born 1924 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Screenprint on paper

Dimensions

Height: 23.8 cm, Width: 63.8 cm, Height: 35.9 cm Frame, Width: 75.8 cm Frame, Depth: 3.7 cm Frame

Descriptive line

Screenprint after a plotter drawing, 'Letters from my Mother', by Vera Molnar, 1988.

Labels and date

Vera Molnar born 1924
Letters from my Mother
1988
Vera Molnar first started to use computers in 1968. This screenprint was created from two plotter drawings that simulate the handwriting of Molnar's elderly mother as she became increasingly unwell. The artist presents the drawings as a study in symmetry and counter-composition.

Screenprint
Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Patric Prince
Museum no. E.1079-2008 [07/12/2009 - 20/06/2010]

Materials

Paper (fiber product); Printing ink

Techniques

Plotter drawing; Screenprinting

Categories

Prints; Computer Art

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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