Macabre Esodermy

Item ID: 2330 | Category: Taxidermy

We are proud to offer from our private collection, NUTTY, an esodermy sculpture made by Custom Creature Taxidermy Arts in the USA. Esodermy is 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 is drawn from ancient Greeks, eso meaning within and dermy meaning skin. Displays made from preserved cadavers were popularized by the 18th century anatomist Honoré Fragonard, whose écorchés are currently being emulated by Gunther von Hagens. The artist’s work has been governed by the ethical and environmentally responsible use of animals since she began working with them 25 years ago and mandates nothing that was once living shall be taken for granted. Repurposing the carcass of a skinned animal is unheard of in the world of conventional taxidermy, the remains are traditionally discarded. The use of her unorthodox recycling practice is what makes these pieces pioneering and why they have attracted attention. Her notoriety has encouraged other artists working with animal materials to adopt her "waste not want not" no-kill philosophy, which has broadened the appeal of the genre and attracted people who were once adamantly opposed to taxidermy. Nutty, (once a squirrel) made in 2004 stands 21cms tall and his wooden base is 13 x 8cms. He was photo’d for our feature in Vintage Explorer magazine so he is extra famous. He has been housed under a dome for many years by baby Skinner so is in perfect condition. A must have item for someone wanting a bizarre conversation piece.

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