The Archipelago of old age and childhood

creaturely life in the Floating Islands

Undine Sellbach

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The Floating Islands book began with a vast collection of small drawings, made by my father, Udo Sellbach, towards the end of his life. The drawings show a child in a row boat, surrounded by a floating archipelago inhabited by an alternate evolution of insects, birds and beasts. I wrote a story in response to this strange natural world. In the process, childhood and old age, began crossing over, opening up a creaturely realm at the edges of human time and space.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)68-74
Number of pages7
JournalAntennae : the journal of nature in visual culture
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

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