babel library

Form and Content Gallery presents BABEL LIBRARY, new sculptures by Vesna Kittelson.  This is Kittelson’s fourth exhibition in Form and Content Gallery.  BABEL LIBRARY features 3 designed metal book stacks, filled with foreign language dictionaries altered and covered with materials such as: encaustic, gold leaf, tar, rust, paint, and others.  Various techniques of application are used.  Altered dictionaries are also on display as sculptural objects on plinths.  

Artist Statement

The BABEL LIBRARY exhibition represents my conceptual, visual, and aesthetic response to recent conflicts between different human groups and states.  My intention is to examine what underlies the deep fears, uncertainties, and misunderstandings that complicate engagements inside and outside our society.  Inspired by the ancient myth of the Tower of Babel, this work is my meditation on current conflicts in which language itself is frequently a victim.  This led to the idea of creating the Babel Library where altered dictionaries become sculptural objects that coexist in peace, tolerance, and silence.


Artist Biography

Vesna Kittelson is a Croatian born American, who has lived between Split, Croatia; Cambridge, England; and Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Vesna received a B.A. in Law from University of Split, a B.A. in Painting from the Studio Art Department and an M.A. in Design, both from the University of Minnesota.  She was an original member of the feminist WARM Gallery (Women’s Art Registry of Minnesota) and is currently a member of the Traffic Zone Center for Visual Arts and the Form and Content Gallery, both co-op arts organizations.  Vesna has exhibited her art internationally and locally – including venues in the U.S. and Europe.  Her art is in numerous private and public collections including:


Brooklyn Museum Art Library, New York, NY

Bush Foundation Collection, Saint Paul, MN

Cafesjian Center for the Arts, Armenia

Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN

Minnesota History Center, Saint Paul, MN

Minnesota Museum of American Art, Saint Paul, MN

Modern Museum of Art, Zagreb, Croatia

Smithsonian National Museum, Dibner Library of Science and Technology, Washington, D.C.

Tate Library, Artist Books, London, UK

Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN

Yale University Art Library, New Heaven, CT


April 13 – May 20, 2017
Opening Reception
Saturday, April 15, 2017
6:00 – 8:00 pm