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Diana Zlatanovski
Wrench Typology

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Diana Zlatanovski, 2011.WR.7, Pigment ink print, 2011/2012, Edition 1/9, Signed verso.

Artist Statement
Working with cultural artifacts as a researcher and curator, I’ve developed a tremendous appreciation for the significance of objects. Every collected object carries its own history but also falls within a continuum. That notion provides the inspiration behind my current project, Typology. A study of collections, Typology integrates my photography with my museum background through photographic study of small collections composed of like objects.

By definition, a typology is an assemblage based on a shared attribute. Patterns, both visual and intellectual, resonate and are revealed within collections. Only through studying groupings are we able to discern similarities and contrasts - information not apparent in isolation becomes visible in context.

Wrench Typology is inspired by archaeological typologies of prehistoric stone tools. Ancestors of modern humans created the earliest tools by grinding or chipping stones. Over two million years later, the first patent for a wrench was granted to Solymon Merrick in 1835, a testament to the evolution of human ingenuity and creativity.

It’s my hope that these collections and their biographies can foster an appreciation and interest in the importance of curation and preservation of both natural and cultural artifacts.

Artist Bio
Diana Zlatanovski was born and raised in and around Chicago. Having started taking photographs during high school, she went on to study fine art at the University of Illinois. Always curious and interested in learning about different cultures, she also took an Egyptology class and fell in love with anthropology. For a while, she chased monkeys around a rain forest in Costa Rica.

Ultimately deciding cultural artifacts are more her thing, Diana has worked in museums for the past ten years. Along the way, she earned a BA in anthropology and an MA in museum studies. After photographing, researching, and preserving cultural collections at the Field Museum and the University of Wisconsin, she recently relocated to Boston and is a Curatorial Research Associate at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Diana has exhibited her photography in group shows in Boston and Lawrence, KS. Her work is in private collections in the Boston area. Diana’s curation of typologies has been featured on art and design blogs such as Design for Mankind, Design Crush, and Lost at E Minor.