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Sarina Brewer
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Taxidermy art movement co-founder. Credited with the conceptualization of the genre of Rogue Taxidermy.
Taxidermy art movement co-founder. Credited with the conceptualization of the genre of Rogue Taxidermy.

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Throwback Thursday~
8 years ago, the women's lifestyle magazine BUST ran a wonderful article about my work. The four-page spread ran in their Feb/March issue in 2009. It was fantastic exposure for my work, but more importantly, the article inspired a lot of women to explore new territory. Taxidermy is something that has traditionally been practiced by males. In the last quarter century a small handful of people, who are primarily female, began reshaping the face of taxidermy by using its components to create fine art in new and unorthodox ways – Taxidermy Art/Rogue Taxidermy is a form of pop-surrealist sculpture that utilizes many of the same materials that are found in conventional taxidermy mount. The genre incredibly diverse, and encompasses abstract work, room-sized installations, and sculpture comprised entirely of synthetic taxidermy materials. A lot has happened since this article came out. So, a shout-out today to the folks at BUST magazine, and to writer Christy DeSmith for taking an interest in my work. Thank you for helping shape the feminist aspect of this art movement, and fostering a genre that is now at the forefront of contemporary art.

Pictured in this post is one of the four sculptures that were included in the article. The piece is titled "Forever Yours" was a 2007 creation that utilized two deceased pet rabbits. To see the rest of the work included in the article continue to http://www.sarina-brewer.com/bust-magazine.html



#ArtHistory #Feminism #FeministArt #WomenInArt #AnimalsInArt #AnimalArt #Taxidermy #FemaleTaxidermist #TaxidermyBabe #RogueTaxidermy #TaxidermyArt #BUSTmagazine #SarinaBrewer.




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★★★ GOING ON NOW ★★★
LAST CHANCE TO SEE THE INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED GROUP SCULPTURE EXHIBITION "CONJOINED VII". CLOSING PARTY TODAY, SATURDAY FEB 11th, 1PM-6PM

"Ladies and gentlemen!!! ~ Step right up! ~ See a genuine #monster and true #AbominationOfNature! The #circus is in town for the next four years and we guarantee this act will be the most #surreal thing you have ever laid eyes upon or admission is free! Come one, come all! (unless you are Muslim, Mexican, or gay) Hold on to your seats (and guard your pussies) It's the #GreatestShowOnEarth !!!"~
#CockySkunk #NotMyPresident #CockadoodleDoLittle #WakeUpAndSmellTheCoffee #SomethingStinks #Skunked

TITLE: "A Rude Awakening" via http://www.Sarina-Brewer.com
DATE: 2017, year of the cock
MATERIALS: Taxidermied rooster and skunk skins over carved foam and mâché armature

WHERE: Copro Gallery
2525 Michigan Ave, unit T5
Santa Monica CA
For more details visit http://www.CoproNason.com


#Art #Trump #Satire #PoliticalArt #PoliticalHumor #PoliticalSatire #TrumpArt #GOP #ContemporaryArt #Sculpture #CircusArt #TaxidermyArt #TaxidermySculpture #RogueTaxidermy #Monsters #VultureCulture #SarinaBrewer
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★★★TONIGHT★★★
THE WORLD PREMIER OF THE INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED GROUP SCULPTURE EXHIBITION "CONJOINED VII", JANUARY 21st 8:00PM - 11:30PM. SHOW RUNS THROUGH FEBRUARY 11th 2017


"Ladies and gentlemen!!! ~ Step right up! ~ See a genuine #monster and true #AbominationOfNature! The #circus is in town for the next four years and we guarantee this act will be the most #surreal thing you have ever laid eyes upon or admission is free! Come one, come all! (unless you are Muslim, Mexican, or gay) Hold on to your seats (and guard your pussies) It's the #GreatestShowOnEarth !!!"~
#CockadoodleDoLittle #WakeUpAndSmellTheCoffee #SomethingStinks #Skunked #NotMyPresident #CockySkunk

TITLE: "A Rude Awakening" via http://www.Sarina-Brewer.com
DATE: 2017, year of the cock
MATERIALS: Taxidermied rooster and skunk skins over carved foam and mâché armature

WHERE: Copro Gallery
2525 Michigan Ave, unit T5
Santa Monica CA
For more details visit http://www.CoproNason.com


#Art #Trump #Satire #PoliticalArt #PoliticalHumor #PoliticalSatire #TrumpArt #GOP #ContemporaryArt #Sculpture #CircusArt #TaxidermyArt #TaxidermySculpture #RogueTaxidermy #Monsters #VultureCulture #SarinaBrewer
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“Chasing Demons” ©2016 Sarina Brewer

Materials: Taxidermy squirrels & antique ormolu vanity mirror

A piece about introspection, extrospection, appearances, facades, reverie, illusion, realization, denial, reality, discontentment, and the dark inner recesses of the human psyche.

 Available exclusively through Lovetts Fine Art Gallery. Contact www.LovettsGallery.com with purchase inquiries.

An interesting side-note on the animals used for this sculpture: The pelts of both squirrels were severely damaged and unusable for a regular taxidermy mount. The melanistic (black) squirrel was roadkill and its rear-end was not salvageable. The albino squirrel was a nuisance animal that had to be eliminated by a home owner. It had an extreme case of mange and its head and chest were virtually bald. There are pockets of these color variations around the country where they are more common than in other areas, but throughout the rest of the United States both are a relatively rare occurrence. According to one study, on average only 1 out of every 100,000 squirrels are albino and 1 out of every 10,000 are melanistic. I have only had a handful of each come my way throughout my 25 years of creating art with animal remains. Because they are such a precious acquisition in my world, I knew I couldn’t let these two creatures go to waste.

Copyright registration number 1-4322096801 Sculptural concept protected, derivative works prohibited under federal copyright law.

#Art #ContemporaryArt #Sculpture #Animals #DarkArt #MacabreArt #Squirrel #Squirrels #Surrealism #PopSurrealism #FineArt #LowbrowArt #TaxidermyArt #AlbinoSquirrel #MelanisticSquirrel #BlackSquirrel #RogueTaxidermy #TaxiderySculpture #FantasyTaxidermy #SquirrelArt #SarinaBrewer
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"I made a turducken for Thanksgiving but nobody wanted to take any leftovers home". . .

TITLE: TURDUCKEN À LA MONSANTO
©2014 Sarina Brewer
Sculptural concept protected under registration number VAu1-236-832.

This is a taxidermy sculpture I created two years ago for "Fruitful and Multiplying; The Overpopulation Exhibit" curated by @InstinctMpls. The piece is a commentary on the absurdity and entitlement of gourmet foods, the privilege of being able to allocate food for the purpose of art, and the disconcerting technology of interspecies grafting performed by the bioengineering industry. The strain on our planet's resources has become immense as the population of Earth crests 7 billion. With a tipping point looming, genetic engineers are creating hybrid species of livestock and crops designed to produce the highest yield possible while using the least amount of resources. The reality is many developing countries do not have the means to utilize this controversial technology. An elite portion of the Earth's population will profit from these so-called advances. We live in a country rich in all resources. It enables us to use food towards a myriad of frivolous ends, including our entertainment, and we make designer foods that are more about status than they are about sustenance. While we enjoy our luxury foods, for much of the world just having food is the luxury. I was feeling very thankful yesterday. I hope you were as well.

More at
www.FaceBook.com/Rogue.Taxidermy.Art

#ContemporaryArt #Surrealism #Taxidermy #LowbrowArt #GourmetFood #TaxidermyArt #Turducken #SpecialtyMeats #RestaurantDecor #BizarreFoods #RogueTaxidermy #TaxidermySculpture #SarinaBrewer  
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This taxidermy sculpture was constructed with the body of a feral farm cat. Sadly, he used-up his nine lives. Now he has a 10th life, resurrected as a piece of art that has personal meaning to the individual who owned him ~

The title of this sculpture is "Frankenpussy". In life this cat didn’t have a name, few farm cats do. Being a farm cat can mean a rough life and many don’t live for very long. Coyotes, cars, and farm equipment are just a few of the life threatening realities of their existence. For this reason, my friend who owns the farm never names any of their cats – “Once they have a name it’s too easy to become attached to them”. Their cats are wild animals and wary of humans. But one large tomcat stood out from the crowd – it had lived longer than any other cat prior, and was curious about people rather than scared of them. More notably was the cat’s appearance; it was missing an eye and had a slightly odd gait because it was missing all of the toes on a front foot. The two injuries happened at different times and no one really knows how they were acquired. My friend guessed the eye could have been lost in a skirmish with a raccoon, or even another cat. As for the missing toes… who knows. Maybe it had escaped a foothold trap in the worst way possible. Whatever had transpired the old-timer had proven it was one tough cookie, and despite their best efforts, my friend developed a fondness for the tom. So when my friend found it dead on the side of the road after being hit by a car, they were saddened. Knowing that I don’t kill animals for my art and that I’m always in need of humanely acquired materials, my friend contacted me to see if I wanted the cat. I’m always extremely honored when someone donates an animal to me that they had a relationship with because it tells me they truly understand my work. More importantly it demonstrates they are educated enough to understand that the concept of reverence is contingent on context, and that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Upon making the donation my friend said with a wet eye, “do something befitting a total badass”.

About a year later I thawed the cat out for first time to evaluate the extent of the road-rash I had been warned about. The minute I unwrapped the parcel and saw the battle scars of this cat’s hardscrabble life, I knew I needed to pay tribute to the animal in a way that relayed its story. The entire exterior of this sculpture is the cat’s hide, including the green sections which were dehaired and painted in order to utilize areas that were missing fur due to asphalt abrasion. My friend was thrilled when they saw the finished sculpture and paid me one of the highest compliments I have ever received… “That ol’ scrapper wouldn’t have wanted it any other way" ~



This piece is part of ”The Hunt-The Prey-The Spirit”exhibition, an all-woman show focused on the portrayal of animals. The exhibition is inspired by mythology, folklore, art history, taxidermy, and animal spirit guides in all of their forms. The range of work is a diverse survey, both shocking and charming, of the complex relationships between humans and animals. Show runs through January 7th 2017 at Lubeznik Center For The Arts http://www.lubeznikcenter.org


#Art #ContemporaryArt #Sculpture #LowbrowArt #PopSurrealism #CatArt #Cat #Cats #VultureCulture #TaxidermyArt #RogueTaxidermy #TaxidermySculpture #Horror #Halloween #HorrorArt #MacabreArt #Frankenstein #Zombie #ZombieAnimal #SarinaBrewer
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FRANKENPUSSY / Rogue Taxidermy Art by Sarina Brewer
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THROWBACK THURSDAY ~
An old piece of my art that is too Halloween-appropriate not to post this time of year ~ This piece appeared in the world’s first Rogue Taxidermy exhibition in 2004. I coined the phrase “esodermy” to describe this variety of sculpture and it illustrates the diversity of work the genre of Rogue Taxidermy encompasses

~ "Esodermy: Sculpture made from the anatomical portion of an animal that is normally discarded during the taxidermy process, which is then preserved and presented in a lifelike pose that mimics conventional taxidermy" ~

The word “esodermy” is drawn from ancient Greek; “eso” means “within” and “dermy” refers to the dermis (skin). The word esodermy translates to “within skin”. Displays made from preserved corpses were popularized by the 18th century anatomist Honoré Fragonard. His flayed cadaver écorchés were the inspiration for Gunther von Hagens’ wildly popular and controversial Body Worlds exhibit. In keeping with this sentiment, esodermy is also an exploration of the beauty and wonder of internal anatomy.

My work has been governed by the humane and environmentally responsible procuring of my materials throughout the 25 years that I have worked with animals. Roadkill and natural deaths are my mainstays. My studio activities mandate that nothing that was once living shall be taken for granted. Every animal is recycled in as many ways as possible. Esodermy is the embodiment of this philosophy.

The repurposing of the carcass of a skinned animal is unheard of in the world of modern taxidermy – after an animal is skinned its remains are traditionally thrown out, unless the skeleton is from a species deemed worthy of salvaging or the meat is going to be consumed. It’s the unorthodox method of recycling that makes esodermy important; it’s designed to create dialogue about the blurry line that separates beautiful from grotesque, and garbage from resources. I created this type of work to promote my “waste-not, want-not” credo. Founders of the taxidermy art movement; Robert Marbury, Scott Bibus and myself, used this tenet to construct the philosophical framework of the genre. Our implementation of this precept marked the beginning of a trend in these sensibilities – Our ideology went on to become a hallmark of the art movement and the ethics model adopted by newcomers to the genre. “Ethically sourced” is now a slogan among virtually all artists using animal materials. Artists promoting their use of ethically sourced animals became the transformative element that neutralized the long-standing stigma attached to taxidermy in the United States. It was this ethics platform that broadened taxidermy’s appeal and made it palatable to a new demographic, thus facilitating the unprecedented popularity taxidermy and taxidermy-related art has experienced in the last decade. ~


Learn more about the wide variety of work included in the genre and see examples at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152818575819877.1073741834.292306424876&type=1&l=61c49e25b5

#ArtHistory #NaturalHistory #TaxidermyArt #RogueTaxidermy #Esodermy #MacabreArt  
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It was about this time of year 11 years ago when a little piece about my work ran in Fortune Small Business magazine. This article was important because these were the days when taxidermy themed decor was exclusively a hunting lodge and gritty rural roadhouse experience. At every turn, people questioned if what I created could be considered art and if taxidermy was even a legitimate medium to create art with. I received copious amounts of hate mail, and on more than one occasion, death threats from animal rights activists. Few people bothered to read by artist statement or learn anything about me or the philosophy behind my work. It was incredibly disheartening that no one understood my work and called it “disrespectful”. It was even more upsetting when they accused me of hurting animals when I have been a devout animal lover my entire life. Fortunately, for everyone who works with animal materials, a lot has changed since then.

Due to the efforts of myself and other taxidermy art pioneers who have tirelessly championed our use of ethically sourced animals, taxidermy finally gained mainstream acceptance. Our ideology became the hallmark of the art movement and the ethics model adopted by newcomers to the genre. Artists promoting their use of ethically sourced animals became the transformative element that neutralized the long-standing stigma attached to taxidermy in the United States. It was this ethics platform that broadened taxidermy’s appeal and made it palatable to a new demographic. The presence of Rogue Taxidermy [AKA taxidermy art] in galleries changed the perception and assumptions about taxidermy not only in the world of art, but also in contemporary aesthetics. Taxidermy was transformed from controversial to contagious and it currently has an undeniable omnipresence throughout American pop culture. A mounted deer head is now as comfortable on the wall of a posh high-end clothing boutique as it is on the wall of a north woods cabin and taxidermy has become a home fashion magazine staple. In the 12 years since I spearheaded the art movement along with my colleagues Robert Marbury and Scott Bibus, taxidermy has enjoyed a level of popularity that it hasn’t experienced since the Victorian era and its revival has become an international phenomenon.



Rogue Taxidermy is an often misunderstood genre of fine art. Many people think in order for sculpture to fall into this category it must utilize a taxidermied animal in some manner. This is a misconception. Some of the work encompassed within this genre is entirely synthetic, while some is abstract and doesn’t even take the shape of an animal’s body. To learn the actual parameters of this multifaceted genre, and to see examples of Rogue Taxidermy, I encourage you to visit this online album and read the text accompanying the photos https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152818575819877.1073741834.292306424876&type=1&l=61c49e25b5

#ArtHistory   #ContemporaryArt   #TaxidermyArt   #RogueTaxidermy   #WomenInArt #WomensArt  #SarinaBrewer
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ART OPENING TONIGHT, 5 - 9pm CHICAGO AREA

“THE HUNT – THE PREY – THE SPIRIT”
I am honored to be included in this incredible show. “The Hunt, The Prey, The Spirit” is an all-woman exhibition focused on the portrayal of animals. This exhibition is inspired by and borrows from myth, art history, spirit guides, trophy, taxidermy, vegan and otherwise. The range of work is a diverse survey, both shocking and charming, of the complex relationships between humans and animals.

EXHIBITING ARTISTS:
Jessica Bohus
Sarina Brewer
Kate Clark
Erin Cramer
Laurel Izard
Teresa James
Kelly Jelinek
Jessica Joslin
Anne Lemanski
Christina Mrozik
Deborah Simon


WHERE:
LUBEZNIK CENTER FOR THE ARTS
101 West 2nd Street,
Michigan City, IN
46360

Show runs Oct 8th 2016 - Jan 7th 2017
Open weekdays 10am - 5pm / weekends 11am -4pm
more info http://www.LubeznikCenter.org


Pictured is one of my contributions to the show ~
TITLE: "Turkelaeropteryx"
MATERIALS: Eastern gray squirrel & wild turkey



#Art #Sculpture #ContemporaryArt #ModernArt #ArtGallery #TaxidermyArt #RogueTaxidermy #LowbrowArt #PopSurrealism #Surrealism #FantasyArt #FantasyTaxidermy #TaxidermySculpture #ArtGalleries #ArtMuseum #AnimalArt #AnimalsInArt #WomensArt #AnimalsInArt #LubeznikArtCenter #LubeznikCenterForTheArts #SarinaBrewer
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