A book of bones was born at the Galerie de Paléontologie in Paris, France. I wanted to pay tribute to the scientific process; one that takes patience, resilience, hard work but also intuition and creativity; great scientists, like great artists, imagine the impossible. They make the leap. I spent hours studying our current knowledge and folklore of bones, researching material, following leads, discovering the most recent understanding of bone development as well as arcane matters that relate to bone preservation, ethnic or religious rituals. It was a fascinating process, at times overwhelming. The current book can be approached from various perspectives, as a reliquary, an archeological dig, a poem on bones, a celebration of carpe diem, but also and maybe more importantly, a way to honor generations of paleontologists who relentlessly and carefully examine and reconstruct our past in order to understand our present and imagine our future.
Fabriano Artistico watercolor paper, Epson archival ink, archival book board and drawing paper, linen thread, sensuede, Lotka paper, neodymium magnets.
A French native, Servane first came to California in 1985 before completing her business degree in New York. Since then, she has lived in San Francisco, Paris, and Palo Alto. She has worked in various fields and made a radical move from high tech to printmaking and book arts in 2006. Her books may be an attempt to gentle the information overload and make a pause in time, while she welcomes the wealth of data and ideas that are today’s constant source of inspiration.