French artist Frédérique Morrel combines tapestry and taxidermy to create fresh and unexpected works. Deer, moose, and cattle tell vibrant stories on their new skin that features a dizzying array of colors, patterns, and people. I’ve always been fascinated by both taxidermy and tapestries, so the fusion of the two is exciting to see.
But, many people don’t think of these crafts as things that are worthy of attention. Frédérique’s artistic philosophy recognizes this and tries to change it. She writes:
These tapestries are telling the stories of these key and essential casualties:
- loss of sale value : these tapestries are expensive (material and time consuming), but worth peanuts.
– loss of aesthetic value : these tapestries are considered ugly and out of date, but have their own hidden beauty, particularly for those who are them.
– loss of emotional value : these tapestries are telling love and family happiness stories, but are abandoned and thrown into mud.
I revitalize them, offering a redemption, beneath animal appearance and covered with this popular language. I give them back their central and essential place inside households.