Monday, 11 June 2012

The Curious (and occasionally illegal) Art of Enrique Gomez De Molina

Miami-based artist Enrique Gomez De Molina produces artwork using taxidermy. But taxidermy with a difference. He makes chimerae; new animals from parts of old animals. Often a figure of controversy (he has been known to illegally import items and is currently serving a 20 month jail sentence for the offence), his work is always striking in its originality. You can see a few more examples of his work on the Visual News blog or at the Bernice Steinbaum Gallery site here.

Molina's work reminds me of those 'Cabinet of Curiosity' specimens that were exhibited by Victorian traveling showmen, like the infamous Feegee Mermaids (Oh, do check out Juan Cabana's life-sized Feegee Mermaid sculpture). Or Walter Potter's creepy anthropomorphic taxidermy.

I can't and won't condone the use of endangered species - he deserves to be punished for that - but I do like his work.

Maybe I'm just odd.


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