Taxidermy Art: A Rogue's Guide to the Work, the Culture, and How to Do It Yourself
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.
adapted to their environments. A beaver grows a chain-saw tail to help him chop trees, a fox sprouts wings to escape hunters. Exploring the intersection of documentation and imagination, James uses art to expose the limits of science—and to blur the boundary between them. Flying Squirrels OPPOSITE: Flying Squirrels Flying Fox with Prussian Firearm: The Fox Hunt OPPOSITE, BOTH: Flying Fox with Lady’s Slippers 158 159 AFKE GOLSTEIJN & FLORIS BAKKER OF THE IDIOTS W E E S P, N E T H E R
yourself. As in any other artistic field, in taxidermy art you need to take time to understand the history of the medium. Study the vocabulary, learn about the artists working in the field, and get to know the general artistic landscape. Take some time to familiarize yourself with the members of the canon (pages 16–25), the laws that apply to taxidermy (pages 10–12), and the individual artists presented in this book (pages 26–171). The best practice is to begin simply and experiment over and over
experience. As for the Stoned Fox, money was raised to borrow the piece from its new owner for an extended stay in Russia. to bring like-minded people together. MART gained notoriety when, in 2005, The New York Times ran an article about our group that quickly went viral. Since then the digital reach of Rogue Taxidermy has continued to grow: Taxidermy tutorials are more readily available than ever before, social and usergenerated media allow artists to share their artwork, and real-time
changed what it meant to be a conservationist. Prior to Hornaday, conservation often meant simply killing and mounting animals before they became extinct. After taking a census of American bison through the American West and Canada and seeing the decimation of the population, Hornaday was moved to suggest intervention as a viable option to stave off extinction. He brought bison back to Washington to become part of a newly formed Department of Living Animals (later the National Zoo) and later
divorced in 1924. She continued to travel to Africa, developing an interest in ethnographies and the study of people. She remains a symbol of persistence, exploration, and adventure for young women in the field of taxidermy. FRANCIS LEE JAQUES 1887–1969 Francis Lee Jaques was an illustrator, painter, and naturalist who advanced the art of dioramas through his seamless merging of the threedimensional foreground with a spacious, expanding flat background. He spent more than two decades at the