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Letters from my Mother

Print
1988 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Screenprint on paper
Brief Description
Screenprint after a plotter drawing, 'Letters from my Mother', by Vera Molnar, 1988.
Physical Description
Screenprint on paper, from a plotter drawing.
Dimensions
  • Height: 23.8cm
  • Width: 63.8cm
  • Frame height: 35.9cm
  • Frame width: 75.8cm
  • Frame depth: 3.7cm
Gallery Label
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)
Credit line
Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Patric Prince
Summary
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
Collection
Accession Number
E.1079-2008

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