Madame Zaubera

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Madame Zaubera
Fortune-Telling Puppet Diorama
August 2014
cat skull, grouse feet, paperclay, acrylic paint, LED lights, glass, wooden box, paper, fabric, PVC, ink, dowels, metal hardware, styrofoam, quartz crystals, rabbit fur, steel sheets, plywood
© Dver

Herr Todd

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Herr Todd
April 2012
antique Russian fox puppet, antique wooden drawer, badger claws, rabbit fur, rook feathers, bones of squirrel, possum, rabbit, raccoon and chicken, acrylic paint
© Dver

“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.