ONGOING PROJECT: SPIRIT ANIMAL TAXIDERMY

Beginning in 2005 I started a side project of covering taxidermy animals with sequins and costume jewerly. Initially I only worked with styrofoam mannequins and since I have expanded to real dead deer that are found or donated / gifted to me.

There is a feeling you get when working with the remains of animals, the remains of a life.  As I "remake" the animals into fantastical creatures,  my hands in contact with the fur and skin, I am often overwhelmed with feeling for the creatures, for what their life was like and what their life, and death, represent in my hands. The spirit lingers as does their majesty, beauty ...

 I am interested in metamorphosis, transformation, and evolution. The deer are in the act of becoming something else - a dragon, a bird, a lizard, a serpent, for example - transforming alchemically into other beings.  

This act of asking the animals for forgiveness has become a meditation in my work, and is meant for the deer as well as for all the animals of the world. I believe we must all do this spiritual remediation work here in our lifetime on earth, say we are sorry, ask for forgiveness, to begin to heal our rift with mother nature.  

 

"Shadow Spirit"

2017

"Shadow Spirit"

2017

"Shadow Spirit"

2017

"Sea Dragon Spirit"

2017

"Sea Dragon Spirit"

2017

"Sea Dragon Spirit"

2017

Becoming Osiris

Becoming Osiris

Becoming Osiris

Becoming Osiris

2016

Becoming Golden Dragon

Becoming Golden Dragon

2016 (SOLD)

Becoming Golden Dragon - SIDEVIEW

Becoming Golden Dragon - SIDEVIEW

2016 (SOLD)

Becoming Oracle

Becoming Oracle

2016 (SOLD)

Becoming Oracle - SIDEVIEW

Becoming Oracle - SIDEVIEW

2016 (SOLD)

"Aurora' against white background

Mixed Media 2015 (SOLD)

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"Harbinger"

Mixed Media 2012 (SOLD)