This is a multi-page multi-frame HTML net art piece based upon tracing a family’s history through the genealogy pages of their family Bible. The work takes the pages of a Bible’s genealogy section and expands them with information that extends and enriches its content. The full URL to access the work is: http://www.newhudsonexit.org/Art_profiles/Gracie Harding v1.html
For much of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, families recorded their major history events in the family Bible. Most Bibles had a genealogy section in the center of the Bible that separated the Old from the New Testaments. This work shows the family Bible of Mernie Wysel a woman born in the early twentieth century and who died when she was 44.
The artist – Gracie Harding – uses the Bible, family pictures and newspaper articles to create the net.art published here. In some ways it creates a 21st century version of the family Bible by combining multiple medias to create its history.
The New Hudson Exit is a website that promotes emerging artist from the Midwestern United States. The site exhibits a dozen of Harding’s works as well as those of a variety of other artists.
- Year Created: 2013
- Submitted to ArtBase: Thursday May 2nd, 2013
- Original Url: http://www.newhudsonexit.org/Display_art/mernie/mernie_front_cover.html
- Gracie Harding, primary creator
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My work has evolved over the past few years to focus more and more on finding art in technology. Combining people with the technology they use every day provides a huge canvas that reflects life like a Matisse painting. And beneath the layers of that picture are the bits of love, toil, disgust, enchantment, and sometimes desperation that make up our daily lives. Unlocking these emotions provides a vivid reminder of our basic humanness no matter who deeply we are entrenched with our iPhones, TVs and computers. Gracie Harding - 2006