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Breadcrumbs and wings

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histoire(s) naturelle(s)
Petra Werle

Petra Werle’s sculptures are fantasy, not science – nevertheless, she pins them in display cases like a butterfly collection. Their faces are molded breadcrumbs, and their bodies are made of feathers, beetles, moths, butterflies, shells, and moss.

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histoire(s) naturelle(s)
Petra Werle


Like the work of Tessa Farmer or Brian Froud’s Pressed Fairy Book, these are fairies and gnomes as pseudo-scientific specimens, their bodies offered as evidence of a fantastic, unseen world. But unlike Farmer’s savage, wolflike packs of fairies, Werle’s fairies are burlesque caricatures of human indulgence, lust and folly.

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histoire(s) naturelle(s)
Petra Werle

Video of her 2007 exhibition, histoire(s) naturelle(s):

She also has a book with photographs by Frantisek Zvardon.

Comments

  1. #1 Bee
    March 28, 2008

    Your blog definitely has the coolest art. I love the look of those creatures, though I wonder where she gets her fancy beetles.

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