The Stamford native is not only an artist, but an anthropologist.
And, she says, “If you’re an anthropologist, you’re always an
anthropologist no matter what you’re doing. You never turn it off. …I’m
always looking at how people build worlds.”
Krasniewicz — who teaches anthropology with an emphasis on film and
other aspects of popular culture at the University of Pennsylvania’s
School of Arts and Sciences — is terrific at building worlds herself,
painstakingly recreating movies or scenes inspired by films, TV and
popular fiction. It’s just that her worlds may be no bigger than 36
inches wide, 24 inches deep and 35 inches high.
Those are the dimensions of “Rear Window,” her miniature take on the
1954 Alfred Hitchcock classic, on display through December at D. Thomas
Fine Miniatures in Hastings-on-Hudson, which was featured in last
“There are two connections,” she says. “Movies make use of
miniatures. But the real connection is that each creates a world.
…Hitchcock creates stories with real basic themes: Everyone thinks
you’re someone you’re not. Identity is one of the major things for him,
proving who you are, dealing with the big questions.”