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Behold the great and mighty Thor!
Commissioned pet taxidermy. More info at:
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
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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.
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Finally getting around to making promo videos for all the stuff we do. Enjoy Dissection!
Watching the Master at work.
It’s always so enlightening getting to experience Jeremy Johnson of Meddling With Nature do a personal dissection of his known. Not for a crowd. Not for a class. Not for any kind of promise of money or fame, not even for the camera. Simply for the knowledge. For the discovery. For the understanding. This is a man who spends his days passionatley studying anatomy, as hands on as you can get, so that he may know what is in the body. He reads about it, yes, the man has certainly read his share of both ancient and modern texts on the anatomy of both humans and animals alike (and not so alike). But to him there is so much more then that. There is so much to learn from dissection. And there are so many specimen on the roadsides (sadly) available to any one of us who may be interested at learning something a book can not possibly teach.
Upon finishing his dissection he removed the entire organ system from tongue all the way to the anus and every single thing in between keeping it all perfectly intact. He was so astounded by the brilliant colors and the marvelous state of the oragn systems (despite this coyote having been hit and killed by a car) and he quickly rushed the whole thing out of the room. Now I have skinned my share of animals and having learned to do this from Jeremy himself I too am in the habit of dissecting a bit afterwards as to not just throw the body out and let everything go to waste. But I have never looked at these organs as a single system, like a machine. A beautiful machine. Not until minutes later when he walked back into the room after cleaning all the organs and removing any unwanted blood and he stood in the doorway holding an absolutely beautiful bundle of glimmering brilliant organs unlike any I had seen before. The whole thing made so perfectly to work for years and years, designed to do so without flaw (for the most part) and with just the most minimal upkeep. All this…
..And we never see it.
Many of us refuse to see it. Unless it’s a part of our favorite television series, or a plot twist in that new blockbuster film…anatomy like this is more often then not the last thing people care about. But it is what keeps us alive. Aside from the orientation and placement of each organ, what you see here is what is inside you right at this very moment.
Stop for a moment to feel your heartbeat. Feel your lungs rise and fall. It’s these very same organs, these very same machines, that make it possible for you to exist.
And if there is one thing this man has taught me is that it’s beautiful.
And seeing it like this, truly seeing it, how can one ever forget how beautiful the gift of life truly is.
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Photos of a coyote organ system from a recent dissection.
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toxicpuppys asked: Love your blog And the picture of the kitten wet specimen is probably the best wet specimen photo Iv ever seen and is now my background photograph on my phone :0
Thanks so much! I do love my preserved specimens. The one you are referring to was a still born from a cat I rescued that had leukemia. She died shortly after, but in a weird way her kittens outlived her since that was many many years ago…
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Seems this was a very good year for the Cicada Killer population. Or maybe this is the year I started noticing them. Anyway, here is a entomological preparation attempting to show the moment of unconventional inter-species “sex.”
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