The neutral and even empty backgrounds show groups and individual subjects – preserved and now extinct species are brought back to life through overpainting. However, they live in a world different to ours – a world that exists in a temporal limbo. Apparently, depicting “lifelessly alive” subjects refers to posthumous photographic portraits that were highly popular in the 19th century. The stylized groupings of preparations create an illusion of life, making the author's play with perception much more complicated in comparison to his other works. X