You might not have the aquarium, wood paneled walls and taxidermic
fish on the wall, but you can evoke those sunny feelings by silencing the cell and mixing some Technicolor, refreshing adult punches, pitchers and large-batch cocktails for your next get-together.
Walk inside, and under plastic sheeting you'll see the hazy visages of several taxidermic
animals, including a grizzly bear that might look familiar.
In contemporary studio jewellery, this ancient tendency plays a marginal role, figuring in rare works like the road kill jewellery of Anne Loucks, (127) April Hale (128) or Lucy Jenkins; (129) or pieces by Helena Bierman, like Death (2004), a necklace of 1500 encapsulated dead insects, or Hit the Road (2008): brooches displaying the broken bodies and blood stains of insects that hit her car on a highway drive from Germany to Austria and the Czech Republic; or Eunmi Chun's brooches of compressed pigskin; (130) or Julia Deville's taxidermic
works (131)--to name some of the contemporary works in this genre of jewellery art.
And in another space, they placed a Mario Merz sculpture of a taxidermic
reindeer head on top of a window overlooking the garden.
Finally, when Aliss discovers some of her deceased neighbors stuffed and displayed like taxidermic
animals in one of the "Queen's exhibition rooms," (18) there is no doubt left for the reader: the Red Queen is indeed Michelle and, in a way, she has pursued her father's legacy, as Aliss tells her: "Your name is Michelle Beaulieu, you come from Montcharles, your family got mixed up in a terrible story [...]!
She cited a passage from Pauline Wakeham's book Taxidermic
Signs, a quote from Susan Willis, which she says resonates deeply with her: "Zoo animals are body doubles, stand-ins for the real animals existing (or becoming extinct) elsewhere.
Few of the other artists recognized included their bands; she asks hers to add their initials, then, grabbing the taxidermic
armadillo that's become something of a tour mascot, pushes in its paw prints too.
In my favorite photo, a taxidermic
fox seems to nibble at the slack toe of a model's pantyhose.
Different chapters deal with the earliest reports and descriptions of the apes by travelers and scholars; the introduction of specimens to Europe as exhibits in menageries, taxidermic
displays, and graphic art; representations of orangutans in Western fiction, theatre, cinema, and television; the treatment of apes in modern zoos; twentieth century conservation efforts; and the place of the apes (and especially debates concerning their intelligence) in evolutionary theory and movements promoting animal rights.
Racks of camouflage clothing are in place near a department full of treats for hunting dogs, fishing rods are being stocked and taxidermic
game animals are perched on a faux mountain display.
corpse of a raven covering his head and slashes of white
The role of these displays can be glossed by reference to Donna Haraway's commentary on the great dioramas filled with taxidermic
trophies at New York's Natural History Museum.