Great Examples of Eerie Taxidermy
Taxidermy is the act of mounting or reproducing dead animals for display (e.g. as hunting trophies) or for other sources of study. Taxidermy can be done on all vertebrate species of animals including mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians. The methods that taxidermists practice have been improved over the last century, heightening taxidermic quality and lowering toxicity. These artist raised it to a next level.
1. Lisa Black
By combining steampunk aesthetics with taxidermy, Lisa Black has made a name for herself. In fact, she just might be the best known modern taxidermist. Her trick is incorporating copper gears and computer components that make the animals appear to be cyborgs imitating our everyday animal species. The result is all at once terrifying and fascinating. (Link)
2. Ron Pippin
This is unparalleled artwork. Its’ comparatively easier to seek inspiration from nature, but its’ very difficult to achieve excellence in art, that erases the gap between natural and artificial. For that, one needs a keen eye and a rapier sharp brain that perceives the relationship between science, art and nature in all forms natural and diligently strives to replicate the same. Artist Ron Pippin did just that. Using actual animal parts along with mechanical augmentations in many of his works, Pippin has sculpted this beautiful form, which he named “Solar Deer”.
3.Gunther von Hagens
If you define taxidermy strictly as the preservation of animal remains, then Gunther von Hagens might not qualify. Even so, the famed artist of Body Worlds has done amazing work when it comes to the preservation of human remains in artistic poses. (Link | Photo)
While many taxidermy artworks could be accurately described as whimsical, Scott Bibus’ “Anti-Trophies” are anything but that. These gory works look like they were frozen in time during the filming of an utterly terrifying horror movie. (Link)
5. Top Hat Taxidermy
Like Lisa Black, artists at Top Hat Taxidermy are eagerly exploring the connections between Victorian aesthetics seen in steampunk and the period art form of taxidermy. This piece, Chuffy and The Time Machine certainly transcends time periods, even if it doesn’t interrupt the time/space continuum. (Link)
6. Kasey McMahon
Have you ever looked at your computer case and thought, “man, I wish this incorporated a dead animal?” I didn’t think so. But you might reconsider after seeing Kasey McMahon’s brilliant Compubeaver. She’s even provided instructions so you can make your own. (Link 1 | Link 2)
7. Jaun Cabana
Combining multiple animal carcasses into one to create a mythical beast is a taxidermy trick that has been used for centuries. Jaun Cabana is a master of the art, creating such strange but classic works as monkey-boned mermaids and fish with human skulls. (Link)
8. Sarina Brewer
While Jaun Cabana focuses on sea monsters, Sarina Brewer creates monsters that can travel by land, sea or air. Whether a winged, horned cat that looks like it escaped the fiery depths of hell or a winged goat mermaid, her beasts may be shocking, but they still always look realistic. (Link)
9. Géza Szöllősi
An animal need not be mythological to create a strange sense of unease though. Artist Géza Szöllősi’s Inflated cow’s heads are entirely creepy even if they don’t look remotely scary.(Link)
10. Jeanie M.
If you’ve seen Dinner For Schmucks, then you know just how cool mice can look when dressed in human clothes. Long before crew members started constructing their mousterpieces for the movie though, Jeanie M. was creating adorable mice artworks in the good city of San Francisco. Some people have accused the movie of directly copying her art, but I’ll leave that decision up to you. (Link | Photo)