Memories of a childhood.
Roaming the woods freely, aimlessly and independent of time.
Collecting finds – childhood treasures – arranged and caringly sorted in boxes, or buried. Wild animals and fabulous creatures are personified and named.
Everything has a soul.
Making imaginary friends with animals that can speak.
The fantasy world of the child mixes with reality.
Growing up with collections of hunting trophies in the homes of neighbouring farmers and hunters. The sight of the dead taxidermized animals, starring at the child through their glass eyes, is disconcerting, awe-inspiringly mystical and magical all at once.
The sadness about life being taken and about being held captive in a taxidermized body manifests itself in memory.
Textile interventions on found, taxidermized, animals.
- STEINWIDDER, 2014, 2021
- Photos: Bernd Preiml, 2014; Klaus Fritsch, 2021