Relics beneath Tropics, 2011
Drawing, ink on paper
Mummified pineapple, brass, blown glass
Special thanks to the taxidermist Dominique Nitka
Exhibited at the Cabinet of Natural History of Jean Hermann, Zoological Museum, Strasbourg, France
La Belle & la Relique, 2012
Discovered by Christophe Colomb in Guadeloupe in 1493, pineapple feeds the curiosity and the Western dream. This unknown fruit becomes a symbolic object of wonderful and exotism. In my project, after being mummified, it turns into a box that contains a heart of glass escaping in golden metal leaf. Both Sacred Heart pineapple and reliquary containing a precious bottle, the elements that make up the object are deconstructed and then reconstructed, in a move that gives way for interpretation of symbols.
Exposed in the Cabinet of Natural History of Jean Hermann (1738-1800) at the Zoological Museum in Strasbourg,it fits in this scene both scientific and extravagant, between the warehouse and the treasure.This firm is a worthy descendant of the Rooms of Wonders, these “Wunderkammern” of princes of the late sixteenth century.
© 2017 Nelly Zagury