- Veronica Huber, Child Murderer
The Hyrtl Simulacrum, Reconstructing the Past
- These are onionskins of my 2d composite work for The Hyrtl Simulacrum project. For this project I'm forensically reconstructing the likenesses of 8 individuals from the Hyrtl collection at the Mutter Museum. I'm using these reconstructions as a foundation for a visual interactive historical fiction that combines the known facts (written directly on the skulls by Dr. Hyrtl himself) with fiction. The stories weave the separate truths together, so that the company these eight people now share in death is the same company they kept in life. This narrative is told in images and dioramas contained in story machines.
Below are this a likeness of Veronica Huber. We know from the writing on her skull that she was 18 years old when she was executed in Salzburg for the murder of a child.
In my narrative for Veronica she has "murderer" her own child, or what most of us now simply call an abortion.
It was perhaps very common in victorian era for women and girls to have illegal abortions, as it still is in areas of the world where it remain illegal. Many women and girls die as a result, from the unclean and unsafe methods, or at the hands of the authorities.
Authorities who condemn what they see as murder with murder.
The only value victorian society gave to any female was tied up in her sexuality, it was also the way easiest way to completely devalue any female. Maybe things haven’t changed too much, or maybe that have. I’ll let you be the judge.
Veronica’s story intersects the narratives of the other character in the collection in the following way:
She falls in love with Girolamo Zini, The Rope Walker
She has a fling with the Julius Farkas, The Wounded Heart
She is escorted to her execution by Gianbattista Tozzi, The Courageous Cop
For updates and more details on the project check out my blog: jeanne-kelly.com
To help sponsor the project check the Kickstarter page: The Hyrtl Simulacrum