Between Folds / Natural History

Material: The Natural History of the Sacred Scriptures by W. I. Bicknell, Vol.I & II; circa 1851 – 1860.
83 x 168 cm each (diptych)
2011

Between Folds / Natural History uses every page of Bicknell’s book in their original order, forming a diptych that opens up this very early guide to zoology completely. Creating a timeline of species, each illustration becomes a window into the nineteenth-century imagination, with animals wildly and creatively inaccurate. Inviting us to view over three-hundred animals alongside one another, Francisca visualises the Victorian curiosity, allowing our eyes to zoom in on each incredible animal, creating the determination to document of the avid explorer.