Taxidermy Art: A Rogue's Guide to the Work, the Culture, and How to Do It Yourself

Taxidermy Art: A Rogue's Guide to the Work, the Culture, and How to Do It Yourself

Robert Marbury

Language: English

Pages: 240

ISBN: 1579655580

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

In this collection of taxidermy art, you’ll find a winged monkey with a fez and a martini glass, a jewel-encrusted piglet, a bionic fawn, and a polar bear balancing on a floating refrigerator. Author Robert Marbury makes for a friendly (and often funny) guide, addressing the three big questions people have about taxidermy art: What is it all about? Can I see some examples? and How can I make my own? He takes readers through a brief history of taxidermy (and what sets artistic taxidermy apart) and presents stunning pieces from the most influential artists in the field. Rounding out the book are illustrated how-to lessons to get readers started on their own work, with sources for taxidermy materials and resources for the budding taxidermist.

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and underused space in the urban environment, hidden in bushes and along fences. To bring the artwork indoors, I borrowed techniques from naturalists and conservationists by presenting the beasts within environmental dioramas and large-scale photographs (à la John James Audubon’s Elephant Folio illustrations). In keeping with this naturalist/conservationist style, I created names, photos, habitat details, and individual histories of each creature in my Anthology of Imaginary Urban Beasts.

Gus—Wild Hammerhead OPPOSITE: Sassafrass Nardog OPPOSITE: Eleanor—Trouble THE WORKSHOPS 173 I f you’re interested in creating your own taxidermy work, the following workshops are a great place to start. Together they cover techniques to preserve every part of an animal, from tanning the skin with a brain to cleaning and bleaching bones and the skull, from wet preservation of the carcass to taxidermy of the skin or feathers. In each workshop, I will describe one technique, with some

eggs, and even to harass them. Because of the high number of eagles killed each year by wind turbines, this act is currently being challenged by wind energy groups. Rogue Taxidermy 101 Rogue Tax·i·der·my [rohg TAK-si-dur-mee] A genre of pop-surrealist art characterized by mixed-media sculptures containing traditional taxidermy materials used in an unconventional manner Taxidermy in all of its forms is a sculptural storytelling technique. But while a traditional mount tells an archetypal story of

Taxidermy (a term first coined by MART). Since that time the community of Rogue Taxidermists and taxidermy artists has expanded considerably. Do-it-yourself workshops have popped up in cities from Los Angeles to London, as well as in oddities shops in between. Not since the Victorian era has taxidermy been so popular. This book has been created to address this growing interest and to serve as a source of information and inspiration, from highlighting key figures in the development of taxidermy

quirky Siamese twins. Their taxidermy-based pieces are often shown alongside other objects and ephemera collected from flea markets and antiques dealers throughout Europe. The works are typically presented in bell jars and glass vitrines, like hermetic little worlds that need to be protected. Using these elements of display and arrangement, Michel and Roel take on the role of curators. The detail in their pieces is carefully considered and exudes the air of another time, an attitude that unifies

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