FANTASTIC ZOOLOGY MANUAL
The inspiration of M. Quarello’s Master
“Jorge Luis Borges, in the prologue to the” Fantastic Zoological Manual “writes:” A child, they bring him for the first time to the zoo. This child will be anyone of us, or, inversely, we have been this child and forgot it. In the garden, in that terrible garden, the baby sees living animals he has ever seen: he sees jaguars, vultures, bison, and more strange yet, giraffes. “I remember that as a child, it was the aviary of vultures that fascinated me more. Charm and repulsion. I was watching those strange creatures like “Male Harpoons” with the eagle’s body and the bald head of old men (bankers, senators, senior European officials?). As long as the bad-tempered flesh that wandered around, or the mother, did not make me go away. So for me this is a return to the zoo, in this fantastic case, but also a return to the beloved “Manual” after thirty years. I may have been ten or eleven years old when I was so fascinated by this book and the creatures I described, and I designed all of it, and I designed the eighty-two Borges monsters on a quadrant, one by one.
That notebook went missing in one of the many moves, but the love for the “Manual” and the charm for the fantastic and monstrous creatures has remained and has materialized in this series of thirty tables. Plans I wanted to become pop-ups to try to create animals that have never lived. ”