Gelatin silver print

33.5 x 22.2 cm (13 3/16 x 8 3/4 in.)

The close-up of a cat with a mouse in its mouth is a rough look at this violent taxidermy scene in a European natural history museum. Like Carnivores, Zoe Leonard's photograph Untitled reflects how museums order, classify, store and describe collections.

In Leonard’s work, museums’ exhibition methods, history and subjectivity are a central focus that merges with her reflection on the perception of images and the place of their creator. Neither retouched nor cropped, the photograph is carefully selected from many rolls. It must be able to reveal the presence of the artist and her photographic process. The two dates attest to a long period of intellectual gestation between the time the picture is taken and the time it is printed, which, Leonard says, is similar to the writing process.

Untitled was shown for the first time by the Pinault Collection at the "Slip of the Tongue" exhibition at the Punta della Dogana in Venice.
Zoe Leonard's other artwork