Through the Door of the Birds
wood, acrylic paint, tea-dyed linen, leather, felt, two-shilling coins, paper, stones, pen nib, key, paperclay, nut shells, feathers
antique Russian fox puppet, antique wooden drawer, badger claws, rabbit fur, rook feathers, bones of squirrel, possum, rabbit, raccoon and chicken, acrylic paint
“Herr Tod” is a gruesome play on words and stories. Mr. Fox is a rogue from English folklore, who murders young women most brutally. Mr. Tod is a character from Beatrix Potter children’s books, a gentleman fox who threatens clueless ducks and antagonizes his badger neighbor. Tod is an English word for fox, but in German it means “death”. So Herr Tod is Mr. Death, and indeed the fox is death personified to the animals it eats.