Charlotte Cory's photographic collages and skilfully reworked Victorian photographic visiting cards resemble intriguing short stories, which invite viewers to speculate on the events behind the image. You Animal, You! is an in-depth look at the world of this unusual artist that will delight her fans and interest newcomers to her work in equal measure. By creating highly subversive images of animal heads with human bodies she has created a vision of the nineteenth century, an exciting post-Darwinian alternative universe in which animals are clearly in charge. Your first response is to laugh, however, you then find yourself thinking. Collecting cartes-de-visite was a craze in Victorian times, called 'cartomania'. It can be described as the Facebook of its time. There were millions produced and they are now mostly worthless. Cory combines these poignant images with portraits taken of stuffed animals from museums and from her own collections'. By recycling these dispossessed images and long-dead creatures she has given them all a new lease of life; brighter, more colourful, more interesting but also more disturbing than before. Featured essays include 'An Introduction to the World of the Visitorians' by distinguished author and historian Ann Wilson, and the curator of the Royal Photograph Collection, Sophie Gordon, discusses Cory's reinterpretation of Victorian photographic ideas and innovations for our age.
Charlotte Cory is a London based artist best known for her VISITORIANA - a complete, fantastical, "wholly believable" alternative 19th Century. A post-Darwinian universe of reworked, recycled, collaged and montaged Victorian "carte de visite" photography and her own photography combined with taxidermy. A world in which the animals, or "Visitorians" as we must call them now for they are neither wholly animal nor human being, are clearly in charge. Her works are in the Royal Collection at Windsor and have been shown at art fairs all round the world and frequently also at the Royal Academy of Art Summer Exhibitions in London.
There are four books of her artworks currently available.
- Hardback Edition
- Page Count: 160
- Dimensions: 210 x 295mm
- Language: English