Honegger-Lavater began her career as a painter, illustrator, and art director for a youth magazine in her native Switzerland. She began creating illustrated stories in long strips folded like an accordion around 1960. Her “Folded Stories,” like Homo sapiens?, open up into one, long, continuous story filled with imagery. Honegger-Lavater transformed familiar fairy tales and legends by simplifying details such as the human figure into points and lines. She believed that this would allow the viewer to imagine the stories from memory rather than having the stories dictated to them.
Homo sapiens? is featured in the exhibition Patterns on Paper, on view May 3–July 21.