Alternative Taxidermy: Norman Bates Taxidermy Is Tame Compared To These Artists

If you thought Norman Bates (From the Psycho movies or Bates motel) creations where far out there check these out. This post features 3 artists that are redefining art and what it means to practice taxidermy. They are all using dead animal parts to create their works. No animals were harmed in making these creations

 

1.Alastair Mackie creations

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5000 year old bog oak, light box, glass, battery, brass, copal, resin, insects. 32 chess pieces. Courtesy All Visual Arts, photo Tessa Angus. http://www.alastairmackie.com/
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Four perfect spheres within thick-set display bell jars, apparently floating upon their plinths composed of mouse skulls. The mouse skulls are meticulously extracted from owl vomit. http://www.alastairmackie.com/
 Metamorphoses, 2009, glass bell jar, mirror, wooden base, 176 cm x 43 cm x 43cm. A 1930s taxidermy display bell jar has been transformed into a mirroring structure, using a traditional technique of mixing silver nitrate and copper. Courtesy All Visual Arts, photo Tessa Angus
A 1930s taxidermy display bell jar has been transformed into a mirroring structure, using a traditional technique of mixing silver nitrate and copper. Courtesy All Visual Arts, photo Tessa Angus http://www.alastairmackie.com/
 Shapeshifter, 2010, matchsticks 214cm x 114cm x 54cm. According to a strict pattern approximately 120,000 matchsticks have been used to create a ‘blank'. From this the piece was carved. Courtesy All Visual Arts, photo Tessa Angus
According to a strict pattern approximately 120,000 matchsticks have been used to create a ‘blank’. From this the piece was carved. Courtesy All Visual Arts, photo Tessa Angus http://www.alastairmackie.com/
 Untitled (+/-), 2009, mouse skeletons, mouse fur, loom, concrete dimensions variable. Over a period of one year barn owl pellets have been collected and processed in to their raw components of mouse fur and bone. The fur has been spun in to yarn and, with the use of a loom, the yarn has been woven in to a sheet of fabric. The skeletons have been left as a heap. Courtesy All Visual Arts, photo Tessa Angus
Mouse skeletons, mouse fur, loom, concrete dimensions variable. Over a period of one year barn owl pellets have been collected and processed in to their raw components of mouse fur and bone. The fur has been spun in to yarn and, with the use of a loom, the yarn has been woven in to a sheet of fabric. The skeletons have been left as a heap. Courtesy All Visual Arts, photo Tessa Angus http://www.alastairmackie.com/
Untitled (hornet panel) installation view and detail
(hornet panel)Courtesy All Visual Arts, photo Tessa Angus http://www.alastairmackie.com/

 

2.Katie Mccgwire

She creates art out of bird feathers,  mainly from crows.

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http://www.katemccgwire.com/
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3.Iris Schieferstein

German born Iris Schieferstein is a stay at home mom with 2 kids and a knack for melding different animal parts together to create something insanely disturbing.

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