People transforming into animals. Half human, half beast. Sometimes amusing, sometimes unnerving, it’s a concept that’s fascinated and intrigued for hundreds of years.
These animal portrait trays bring a contemporary twist to the metamorphosis of humans into wild creatures. Each is in the style of a traditional portrait, yet they show wild birds dressed as people. The goose, the blue tit, the humming bird and the crow have all been created by artist Rachel Convers.
The Venetian artist Titian chose the topic of transformation for series of pictures he started in 1553. Inspired by Ovid’s poetic Metamorphoses, he depicted the mythological story of the goddess Diana and the hunter Actaeon. The unfortunate Actaeon discovers the goddess bathing, which results in Diana turning him into a stag chased by his own dogs.
Each tray is an individual work of art but is also a practical household accessory. They’re laser-cut from high-pressure laminate, making the trays waterproof and heat resistant.