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meddlingwithnature:

We have a wonderful live-stream event planned for the 26th of July!
Click here for Livestream Details
Click here for Event Details

This is an incredible opportunity for all the science/anatomist/surgical/whatever you are internet geeks of the world to see a LIVE broadcast of an artist and anatomist lecture and lead a discussion on the skeletal and muscular system! This man is a damn genius… if you are at all interested in science, anatomy, physiology, or the like then don’t miss this!!!! There will be segments with live dissection happening on unfixed natural death specimen and you will actually get to SEE things along with the lecture that you will not get in a classroom. There will also be a musical performance by Cole Guillien on the Cello fffffff unf oh my god its going to be a good night… AND YOU CAN JOIN US FROM YOUR COMFY COMPUTER CHAIR :D

oh and I will be there as well, assisting him, so you will get to see me on the broadcast ;)
check out the blog for an in depth description of the topics to be discussed

LiveStream Event Page 7/26/2014 - What Moves You?

meddlingwithnature:

We have a wonderful live-stream event planned for the 26th of July!

Click here for Livestream Details

Click here for Event Details

This is an incredible opportunity for all the science/anatomist/surgical/whatever you are internet geeks of the world to see a LIVE broadcast of an artist and anatomist lecture and lead a discussion on the skeletal and muscular system! This man is a damn genius… if you are at all interested in science, anatomy, physiology, or the like then don’t miss this!!!! There will be segments with live dissection happening on unfixed natural death specimen and you will actually get to SEE things along with the lecture that you will not get in a classroom. There will also be a musical performance by Cole Guillien on the Cello fffffff unf oh my god its going to be a good night… AND YOU CAN JOIN US FROM YOUR COMFY COMPUTER CHAIR :D

oh and I will be there as well, assisting him, so you will get to see me on the broadcast ;)

check out the blog for an in depth description of the topics to be discussed

LiveStream Event Page 7/26/2014 - What Moves You?

At long last I got a chance to photograph my exploded raccoon skull. This is from the very same raccoon that I found so many moons ago there on the side of the road curled up holding his little face. It wasn’t until after I clean the skull that I realized why he was holding his face as he died. You can see in the first picture that on the left side of his jaw it is completely broken in half. The only unnatural break on the skull, as emphasized by the silver connection. 

This piece is for sale and I also take commissions for natural casualty and unavoidable death specimen. Please contact me for more information. 

A few photos of me doing a public skinning of a casualty specimen Coyote as a part of my gallery talk for my Senior Thesis Exhibition that happened on April 7th at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. More photos of the exhibition to come! 

photos by the incredibly talented photographer, Catie Viox

sad coyote is sad. My first medium sized piece of taxidermy! (was actually finished before Aristide)

Still learning so there is lots of anatomy issues but I am just so happy it came together in the end. Was really trying to push the emotions in the face, turned out ok but I look forward to doing this again. Yay!

No one dissects to quicken his eye for, or his delight in, beauty. He dissects simply to increase his knowledge of how beautiful objects are put together to the end that he may be able to imitate them.
Thomas Eakins speaking (as a painter) about his practice and teaching of dissection

Aristide

Detail shots of this pretty doge’s visceral elegance in all its glory and gory detail, as promised. More pictures and the original post of Aristide can be seen here—->clickformoardeaddoge

Original concept by Emily Combs, a true mastermind in her ability to turn the visceral into something so beautiful that you can’t look away. Her illustrations are to die for, please check them out.

As for our doge child here, Aristide, just a few shots of the wonderful lace cuffs made by Emily. Ribbon corset binds the skin of the back between the vertebrae. The form is entirely custom, hand carved. The skin and bones come from two different coyotes, both were road kill, found and processed by yours truly.

Hopefully Emily will post pictures of her original drawing, someone go over to her tumblr and demand that she stop hoarding all those magnificent illustrations all to herself.

Aristide

A collaboration with the lovely Emily Combs.

A sculpture based off of her incredibly imaginative and beautiful drawings. Check out her amazing work here——-> click me tho
That is an actual coyote head and spine. A corset of ribbon binds the skin on her back between each vertebrae, along with lace cuffs made by Emily. Both coyotes used in this sculpture were road kill.

This was accompanied in a gallery space by my drawings, Emily’s illustrations, and poetry by the amazingly talented writer, Sam McCormick .

I have made another post with some detail shots of this pretty doge’s visceral elegance in all its glory and gory detail. Check that post out here——->prettypawsanddoggyclaws

Here is the last bunch of the Minumental pieces for the Art Academy of Cincinnati which could be no larger than TWO INCHES in any direction. Wee little things.

Here we have a casualty specimen mouse that was donated to me. A beta fish that was a pet of mine who passed away a year ago (RIP Mr. McFeeley). And a Starling which was donated to me. The jaw bones came in owl pellets sent to me by toxicpuppys :) That is a TINY rodent jaw there at the top of the plaque and believe it or not it has all its teeth! All the plaques are handmade by me from Redwood. Had so much fun doing all these, I can’t wait until next year

Detail shots of the other pieces can be seen in the previous post HERE

There is a juried art show at the Art Academy of Cincinnati where current students, faculty/staff, and former graduates may enter up to eight pieces, each one no more than TWO INCHES in any direction… the show is cleverly named Minumentals

They get nearly a thousand submissions to the show and the range of artwork that artists are capable of within a two inch cube is just incredible.

This year I entered 8 wee little dead things on teenie wee little plaques. The plaques are all handmade from redwood and the skulls were graciously sent to me by toxicpuppys :) The moth and butterfly wings are also real - one from the US and one from Peru.


Check out the teeny weenie taxidermy I submitted to this show and a group shot of all eight pieces HERE

wolftea

Anonymous asked:

You a sick bitch... Do you seriously just go around picking up road kill?! Your house must smell grosss.

wolftea answered:

ah yes, 
I am more than understanding of your perspective…. i see reactions and hear reactions similar to this quite often, some of my family is still growing accustom to my work.

The aspect that tends to be a bit irksome is the jumping to assumption and harsh tones merely because it is not something you understand. 
I know it seems gross and alien to most outside viewers, but likewise… i do not understand the hobbies or actions of others  ( spray tanning to name one? ) … but that does not mean i approach them with a sharp tongue and conjured assumptions….
to each their own…. 

I am more than happy to have a legitimate conversation with an opposing view or answer and clarify assumptions…. but only if there is a level of maturity….. 
juvenile name calling tends to sink on the lower side of that spectrum. 



 

I think she handled that just perfectly :)

It always bothers me that when some people hear we deal with road kill they immediately think we are bringing home the most vile rotting corpse. You know we too have standards. YES some road kill smells. But guess what? We don’t bring it home! And if we do - not only do we know how to handle it properly but it is to be processed for bones and it’s kept outside, likely buried, far far away from any guest who god forbid might complain my house reeks of road kill (which I will never allow to be the case). I have brought many casualty specimen into my home for skinning and dissection, ALL of which were road kill, and not a single person would know it by the smell (or any other aspect for that matter).  

Artists who work with road kill are not out of our minds. We are not unhygienic. In most cases we probably know how to clean up better then most (and do so more often!). It is possible to work in such an art and not be repulsive to those who don’t.

In most cases animals hit and killed by cars are either left on the side of the road to rot or they are put into a dumpster to be taken to the landfill for a less than proper burial underneath thousands of pounds of our garbage. Before I even got into this work I saw it as giving new life to animals who have been wrongfully but unavoidably killed. And now that I am doing this kind of work I know that is the case, and it truly makes me happy knowing at the very least I can appreciate the existence of this once living creature. Animals hit going 70 miles per hour are likely killed instantly. But what of the animals hit going just 20 or 30 (or less)? How many injured animals scamper off into the woods after their back end is slammed into by a two ton vehicle, only to die shortly after alone and scared? These are living animals. Can anyone justify why they’ve been killed? Yet we refuse to look at them. The bone and guts we see scattered on the roadside are nearly identical to our own. I do not do the work I do to get people to stop hitting animals with their cars. Unfortunately, and sadly, it is inevitable. But I do the work I do because we have become so unwilling to look at the effect we have on the world we live in. We as a people are disgusted by road kill. In choosing to ignore road kill because it’s ‘gross’ we are choosing to forget that we ourselves are animals. We are fragile. We are beautifully constructed so that we may consciously enjoy this life we so often take for granted. 

Some aspects of working with road kill may be gross to you. But those of us who do it, do it because we are so passionate about why we do it. And if you’ve read this far I thank you for taking a moment to learn why I do it.

Now go forth and learn about the world and even if you yourself wouldn’t do something, just take a moment to learn why someone else does and respect their passions in life. <3