“The animals of the world exist for their own reasons“
Alice Walker

Jennifer Franzke is an artist, architect and an associate scientist at the Natural History Museum Vienna. She paints large-scale watercolors that show grand architectural spaces which have been taken over by flora and fauna. Working within the  Department of Zoology in the NHM  enables a level of detail and knowledge that breathes life into the wildlife she paints. European royal menageries of the 16th to 18th centuries and the shift of the Kunstkammern during the age of the Enlightenment to a modern understanding of zoology give depth and resonance to these magnificent interiors.  A connection with the natural world (as a child in Florida and now in the Alps) is integral to her creative process.