Christian Gonzenbach

L'Herbier

L'Herbier, 2012

Flattened and tinted animal skins

Fifteen animals are reunited in an "herbarium." A variety of forest animals including cats, nutria, marten, weasel, fox, rat, mole, shrew, vole, wild boar, mouse, lamb and venison are laid flat against the walls and together they draw parietal compositions with their silhouettes. In a playful gesture that evokes pressed flowers between pages of a book, the animals are deliberately installed in the corner of a room which opens up like a book recalling of petals that have been pressed, dried and whose colors have been faded.