Natural history museums are cool. Called “the dead zoo” by a friend, these taxidermic havens are filled with the preserved bodies of all sorts of creatures. While not explicitly designed to scare small children, the exhibits can be, at times, a bit morbid. Walking through a room of dead beasties makes me wonder… what do taxidermists do when they’re not busy cramming carcases full of sawdust?
Sarina Brewer is a cross between a taxidermist an artist and Edger Allen Poe. When she’s not working as a taxidermist for museums or working on wildlife rescue projects she recycles animal parts into fantasy creatures. The results range from the fantastic to the truly bizarre.
Using reclaimed animal parts from road kill, victims of animal trade and animals that died of natural causes, Sarina creates taxidermic displays. She does do traditional work, but the really cool stuff is, however, her “fantasy work”. There is, of course, the classic Jackalope… but even her squirrel liquor decanter can be considered tame as you browse deeper into her body of work. Using her taxidermic skilz and fine art degree Sarina blends the animal bits into curious, fantastic and sometimes disturbing creatures.
Creepy? Yes. But how cool would it be to have your own flying monkey?