You Animal, You!: Charlotte Cory

You Animal, You!: Charlotte Cory

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By (author) A. N. Wilson, By (author) Sophie Gordon, By (author) Jane Sellars

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  • Publisher: Black Dog Publishing London UK
  • Format: Hardback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 208mm x 284mm x 20mm | 1,066g
  • Publication date: 22 August 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1907317597
  • ISBN 13: 9781907317590
  • Illustrations note: 213 colour and b/w illustrations
  • Sales rank: 982,365

Product description

Charlotte Cory's photographic collages, skillfully reworking Victorian photographic visiting cards, resemble intriguing short stories, which invite viewers to speculate on the events behind the picture. By creating highly subversive images of human bodies with animal heads, she creates a vision of the nineteenth century, an exciting post-Darwinian alternative universe in which animals are clearly in charge. At first you laugh, but then you find yourself thinking... Collecting "Cartes-de-visite" was a craze in Victorian times, called "cartomania." It was the Facebook of its time. Millions were produced and are now mostly worthless. Cory combines these poignant images with portraits taken of stuffed animals from museums and her own collection. By recycling these dispossessed images and long-dead creatures, she gives them all a new lease of life. Brighter, more colourful, more interesting and more disturbing than before. Highly illustrated, great fun and at the same time oddly serious, "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.

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AN Wilson is an Oxford educated English author, journalist and literary editor. A fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he has held a prominent position in the world of literature and journalism. He is an award winning biographer and a celebrated novelist, winning prizes for much of his fiction. He lives in London, UK. Sophie Gordon is Curator of the Royal Photograph Collection, and has published widely on nineteenth and early twentieth century photography. Jane Sellars is art curator of the Mercer Art Gallery in Harrogate. She was formerly the Director of the Bronte Parsonage Museum in West Yorkshire and also the former Education Officer at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. She writes, lectures and broadcasts widely on women in the arts.

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'Channelling all that is deliriously eccentric in British heritage, London-based artist Charlotte Cory throws together Victoriana and taxidermy to deft (and, at times, unsettling) effects.' We Heart (Q&A) 'Well worth a perusal, [Charlotte's] new book features revealing essays by historian A N Wilson, curator of the Royal Photograph Collection Sophie Gordon.' Coolhunting (feature) Featured in the Daily Mail titled, 'The Queen a fan of wacky artist's stuffed animal portraits'. 'Explains the long lost culture of the calling card and Cory's motivation to revive it.' Dazed & Confused 'Charming and at times sinister creations...' Huffington Post (feature) 'Definitely intriguing' Observer Also featured in The Art Newspaper, Time Out, CAmden Journal, Pack Press, What's Up and the San Fransisco Book Review