Minna Resnick

Ithaca, NY

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Language and communication can be elusive, often dependent on cultural and historical associations.  The meaning of daily common experiences of one generation, dependent on both words and pictures, may be misinterpreted or even lost to contemporary and future generations.  My work questions inter-generational expectations and realities through the romanticized prism of illustrated early- and mid-twentieth century manuals on home management, décor, repair, health, education and etiquette.  I have combined images from one era with another, or linked them with diagrams, to encourage information displacement and disorientation, similar to information overload in today’s easy data access. Remixing the narrative creates new associations.  Each method changes and deconstructs any hierarchy of information.