belated taxidermy day to y’all

Okay, not really a national holiday or anything, but maybe it should be?  Celebrate the preservation of dead animals in life-like poses!

 

…maybe not. <–Not all my ideas are brilliant.

 

So, taxidermy.  I love me some taxidermy in that art-meets-craft-meets-cracked-out-awesome sorta way.  And, a while back, I did a drive-by post on Wren Britton of Pure Vile.  (Double-super-secret secret–he’s totally got some taxidermy going on in his work! *EEE*)

 

Today–today is about other artists that utilized taxidermy and how I want to be them when I grow up.

 

So, my love affair with taxidermy actually started with Professional Mermaid, with whom I went to Columbia College Chicago.  For her BFA show, she did this really nifty installation that integrated plaster dogs, bleached bones, dirt, and a coffin that she built herself.

 

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Completely shiny.  We used to chat about theory (Helene Cixous, specifically) on occasion.

 

So.  My start.  And then–oh!  and then!–I found Jessica Joslin (somewhere–I have no clue where!).

 

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I love the assemblage aspect of her work, her sense of steampunk-whimsy, and her complete devotion to P.T. Barnum–the man who gave us the Fiji Mermaid (and the ability to obliquely reference it in House of a 1,000 Corpses).

 

I’d like to spend a day in her studio just watching her work. *is a total fangirl*

 

Then, recently, Craftzine had an article on Loved to Death.

 

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Loved to Death makes these really neat dioramas (as well as more traditional taxidermy) that are like old circus side-show curiosities (Why, hello there again, Mr. Barnum!). I really want one (or 12!), but I kinda don’t have the money for them.

 

But–one day!–I shall! *mwahahahahahahaha*

 

There’s really no need for evil mad scientist laughter (Aren’t mad scientists evil by definition? Was that redundant?).

 

*shifty eyes*

 

Except that it’s fun!

 

MWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

 

And, I’m done.

 

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This entire post really came out of a conversation that happened at the ARTgarage, which you can totally get the gist of over————————————->here. I’ll not reiterate it.

 

So, these are some of my favorite things taxidermy artists. What are some people that y’all like?

 

Courage.

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