|Title||La Cite' des Animaux|
|Artist / Creator||Lynn Skordal|
|Place of Publication||Mercer Island, WA|
|Process / Technique||Collage, ink-jet images, book scraps|
|Structure / Binding||Accordion|
|Medium / Materials||Book cloth, air-dry clay, repurposed metal locket|
|Paper Stock||Watercolor, vellum papers|
|Number of Pages||8 pages|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||8.5 x 9 x .75 inches closed. Extends out to 56 inches.|
|Signed & Numbered||Signed by the artist|
La Cite´ des Animaux is an original collaged book depicting a parade of strange, whimsical animals creeping through a deserted white city. Who built the City? What is it for? Is it what will happen after mankind is gone? Animal images (dodo, lion, armadillo, musrat, etc.) are reproduced from A. Seba's "Naturalium Thesauri" published in 1731 and other antique works. Covers are ivory cloth-covered boards with a string tie and metal-clasp closure. The front cover is adorned with a cloud medallion, which has been fashioned from air-dry clay and inset with a metal "locket" revealing a 3D collage picture behind its tiny metal doors.
Artist BioLynn lives and works on an island in the middle of a lake surrounded by a big city, in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. After retiring from the practice of law in 2008, she began making artist's books and small works on paper. Old-style cut & paste collage has been and remains a favorite medium, and she frequently also incorporates sewing techniques, thread, fabric, metal, wood, and other materials into her pieces. Lynn's work has appeared in book arts and collage exhibitions across the country. She says: "For me, collage is about juxtaposition -- in materials, methods and content - and there's always a story with a little bit of mystery to it. My collage pieces often mix historical images and popular culture, with a little dash of magical realism. The goal is always to startle, amuse or provoke."