MAD | Music/Art/Design
Skilled taxidermy requires a fascinating sort of brilliance - the precision of a scientist, mixed with an artist’s sensibility. The taxidermists on show here love animals and their habitats. They study them extensively and use meticulous techniques to breathe life back into their subjects. Erin Derham’s Stuffed brims with reverence for the flamboyant beauty of nature while shedding light on a misunderstood subculture.
Stuffed showcases acclaimed taxidermists from around the world, whose breathtaking styles range from anatomical sculpting to rogue taxidermy to the eerie elegance of diaphonized (dyed) specimens. The practitioners walk us through Carl Akeley’s historical influence on the art form during the Westward Expansion in 19th-century America and the later shift towards conservation. Allis Markham’s all-female studio in Los Angeles pushes the boundaries of art and fashion, while in Amsterdam, fine artists Jaap Sinke and Ferry van Tongeren exaggerate a panther’s features to craft a fairy tale from nature… As the taxidermists gush over the intricate art of capturing an animal’s unique expression and personality, you can’t help but be enthralled by their enthusiasm.