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Joanna Ebenstein is petite, soft-spoken and bookish. She’s also a woman who traffics in death. “I don’t actually think it’s morbid at all to think about death,” she says. “I think it’s really weird not to.” ANIMAL recently visited Ebenstein’s Morbid Anatomy museum, which she founded and curates in Gowanus section of Brooklyn. Ebenstein, 42, […]

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People who choose to devote their lives to manicuring and preserving creepy animal corpses are fascinating. Photographer Mike McGregor, who grew up surrounded by stuffed animalia and sport-hunting, explores the relationship between taxidermists and their mounts in his photo series Preserve, as highlighted by Wired. While his subjects (all shot in their northeastern U.S. businesses) seem like a pretty […]

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After years of experimenting, Swiss duo Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs have successfully built a unique series of cameras made from the taxidermed bodies of armadillos and tortoises. And they work! The ongoing project “Camera Collection”  investigates the physical body of a camera and the impression it leaves on the light that goes through it […]

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On Thursday, AMC will unveil its newest reality series, Immortalized. It’s a show about about taxidermy and the first episode will star local Brooklyn hero, Takeshi Yamada. We first encountered Dr. Yamada this past summer while filming the Coney Island edition of ANIMAL’s neighborhood spotlight series, “What Are You Doing Tonight?”. The dapperly dressed gentleman […]

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Well, this is clever. Visitors who drive along the National Tourist Routes in Norway may enter a mountain cave — provided it is not snowed in — make their way down a tunnel and peak into a window in the ground to see a bear sleeping on top of trash of the human civilization. Mark Dion’s newest project Den […]

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Taxidermy artist Julien Salaud made you this beautiful beast. The taxidermic assemblage Vieux Piraï Emplumé — part preserved piranha, part plucked parrot plumage — is truly inspired. Stop playing God, Julien! Can you imagine this already hybrid-fishtrosity flapping about on tiny little wings, chirping and slithering through the air to take a bite out of your face? What kind of […]

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Job Van Der Molen is a Dutch artists with an insect fascination who has decided to express that fascination in the most logical way possible — creating an entire infantry of armed bugs. Molen’s series titled Insect Army features prime “taxidermied” bugs equipped with miniature weaponry. Beetles with launch rockets, bumble bees with tanker heads, […]

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Portland-based artist Peter Gronquist has created a body of work that manages to culture-jam the timeless practice of stuffing animals. Juxtaposing familiar corporate and luxury logos, American weaponry and adorable (if moderately deceased) animal busts, Gronquist criticizes American consumer culture with a touch of darkness. With a Gucci-brand deer head and a bison rocking a […]

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Hop off the Moz train for a sec. London-based Claire Morgan is the best artist working with animal taxidermy today. She’s mesmerizing. This is her most recent show Quietus in Switzerland — 3d cages constructed from strung-up flies, abstract planes of strawberries burst through by falling crows, floating structures of leaves resembling alien forms. The theme […]

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The Rogue Taxidermy Biennial is not everyone’s cup of tea… or mount of bloody bunny with tentacles, rather. Behold, 25 rogue taxidermy artists rounded up for a “Biennial” at the La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles (inside Wacko’s Soap Plant), promising to have procured the specimens ethically, from the side of the road […]

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