LENA HERZOG: That’s because fetuses seem to be oxymorons, they actually are very much alive in the work of Ruysch and his followers, because somehow mortality and immortality, things that you can’t imagine being simultaneous, actually happened, because they are immortal forever. All their siblings have long been dead. Their siblings’ children, grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, they’ve all been dead, and yet they are—they have made it and in fact as a photographer I feel an extraordinary kinship with the archivists and the cabinet makers. Do what Munch called paint them in the frieze of life. So they preserve a moment that’s meant to perish and they send it to us like a message in a bottle.
LAWRENCE WESCHLER: Literally a message in a bottle.
LENA HERZOG: Really—literally a message in a bottle, to us. And we go back and meet it halfway if we have our eyes open and strong enough hearts and we can look at it and think about all those things.