About this work
To create Savage Beauty, I worked together with Alain Stein, extraordinary postman by day and animal skeleton aficionado by night.
It was an elaborate process that started with a cadaver. Alain cleaned away the meat and degreased the bones with acetone, then bleached them. Alain and I then painstakingly reconstructed the ostrich, bone by bone, using wire and otherworldly patience.
Once fully reconstructed, I gilded the ostrich entirely with gold leaf, turning it into a bizarre and powerful treasure, readying the magnificent beast to encounter its savage beauty.
But who or what could ride it? I had a vision of a female warrior: wild, sexy, terrifying, eliciting fear as well as desire in her enemies. It is said that if you are open to symbolism it will carry you away.
- Art-Direction/Photography: Jonas Leriche
- Make-up: Caroline Quirynen
- Model: Dayse Lima
- Behind The Scenes Photography: Ilse de Smedt