Exile Zebra

2003, 3 x 120 : 80 cm, oil on canvas, sold

The zebra is me.

These stylised silhouettes are superimposed onto more or less realistic landscapes; two modes of depiction coexist in each panel and this gives rise to images of a critical nature. Only one landscape – the savannah – is the actual habitat of the animal.

The pretty postcard of the Bern Alps needs no comment, other than the fact that I see it every day. As for the birchwood, this very Polish, nearly mythic motif was immortalised, amongst others, in a short story and in a movie.

Besides, as Flaubert said once about his character Madame Bovary, “The zebra is me.” What is this poor cousin of the horse doing in Switzerland?

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