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Friday
Jun222012

Not Taxidermy but ... 

Check out this charming little film about UK jewellery designer Kate Gilliland. For those of you who have been following this blog for awhile, you'll know all about the new vouge of young British female artists transforming dead animals into beautiful and beloved objects.  Most of Kate's work is not taxidermy, but it offers a gentle, precious take on death by gilding little bones, transforming them into tiny treasures.

See more of Kate's work on her website: http://www.kategilliland.com/index.htm

Friday
Sep302011

Not taxidermy, but ...

Check out the fairy creations by Amsterdam artist Cedric Lequieze.  See more of his work at http://laquiezecedric.blogspot.com/

 

 

 

Friday
Sep092011

Not taxidermy, but ... 

In her ongoing series Mortifera (Latin: dead/deadly animals), artist Julie Anne Mann creates strange new creatures. With approximately 30 different species to date, Mann reconfigures the bones of common animals into mutant or hybrid creatures.  From Mann's website:

Some are purely animal, using a Frankensteinian approach of multiple parts from different donors, while others are the possible results of crossbreeding between animal/flora. Blending traditional science and fantasy it is difficult to discern whether they are extinct animals undiscovered from the past or the future of animals to come. Existing in a netherworld of what is possible or possibly lost these new species, constructed from remnants of the dead, present a somber view of a failing planet, but also remind us of the transient, ephemeral quality of nature.

See more of her work here: http://www.julieannemann.com/mortifera

Thursday
Jun162011

Skull Dolls 

Not really taxidermy, but Esther Verschoor's skull dolls are certainly worth a double take.  I particularly like her "La Pastorella" which is an automaton complete with a miniature jumping lamb.  See below for the the piece in action.  For more of Esther's work visit http://vanessie.nl/gallery.html

 

La Pastorella from es verschoor on Vimeo.

Friday
Jun182010

Elaine Bradford's Museum of Unnatural History

I love this! Elaine Bradford combines her love of crochet and taxidermy to tenderly spooky dioramic effect.  Her show at the Art League Houston in Houston, Texas, last spring (January 9 - February 20, 2009) contained a series of dioramas inhabited by taxidermied animals in woolly disguises.


The video is a bit blurry, so here are also some images posted on Flickr by Mr. Kimberly:

Love it.  Each of her beasts were accompanied by a tongue-in-cheek natural history description. Check out more images of the exhibition on flickr here + (where I copied these images from) and Elaine Bradford's other crochedermy here +