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Friday, August 14, 2009

Exploring the Wonder-filled World of Anthropomorphic Taxidermy

Posted By on Fri, Aug 14, 2009 at 8:58 AM

Rick Nadeau's squirrels, featured in this week's cover story, are just an entry into the wonderful world of anthropomorphic taxidermy.

Tia Resleure's site, A Case of Curiosities, is the most complete source of information about the Victorian tableau-artist Walter Potter. Resleure also has photos of some of Potter's best dioramas.

click to enlarge The Rabbits' Village School, 1888 - A CASE OF CURIOSITIES
  • A Case of Curiosities
  • The Rabbits' Village School, 1888

In addition to being a Potter historian, Resleure is a taxidermist herself. She has posted plenty of her own work.

Esmeralda (Fortune-telling chicken) - A CASE OF CURIOSITIES
  • A Case of Curiosities
  • Esmeralda (Fortune-telling chicken)

The Rogue taxidermists have conceived an entirely different philosophy and practice of taxidermy. Their website, the Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists, gives you an idea of the scope of their work, both past and present.

Chimera by Sarina Brewer, from the group's first show in 2004 - MINNESOTA ASSOCIATION OF ROGUE TAXIDERMISTS
  • Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists
  • Chimera by Sarina Brewer, from the group's first show in 2004
Rogues Scott Bibus and Robert Marbury contribute to the MART site, but they have web pages of their own. Bibus specializes in the grotesque, while Marbury creates "urban beasts."

Bibus' gift to his girlfriend on their most recent anniversary. - SCOTT BIBUS
  • Scott Bibus
  • Bibus' gift to his girlfriend on their most recent anniversary.


Kaiser the Punk Marmot by Robert Marbury - THE URBAN BEAST PROJECT
  • The Urban Beast Project
  • Kaiser the Punk Marmot by Robert Marbury
Jeanie M has been practicing "mouseadermy" for nearly 20 years. She has a gallery of mice on her website, Mouse Angel. Some have been used as wedding cake toppers.

Shiva, the Hindu god of mouse-death - JEANIE M
  • Jeanie M
  • Shiva, the Hindu god of mouse-death

Also check out Tashedi Yamada at Sideshow World. Yamada lives, appropriately, in Coney Island and was profiled a few years ago by the Village Voice.

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