Series of 91 drawings
The first works to be produced in the Chrysalides cycle were 91 drawings on paper that depict human, animal and vegetable forms in various stages of transformation, decay, sexual transgression and contamination. Bernatchez set himself the task of producing one drawing a day over an entire season, creating phantasmagoric scenes steeped in chaos, destruction and disintegration. Some of the drawings are marked by mould patterns embedded in the paper; others are mounted under etched mirrors that may also bear traces of drawing. The overriding images are of women’s bodies that have been transformed into monstrous beings, or are being devoured by plant and animal life.