Posted in Interna, Taxidermy & Grotesk by Suzanne on November 9th, 2005 | BBC Wikipedia
© Eric Reddad-Jordy at Gisela Spiegelburg - click to enlarge
It's been a while since my last post... my absence from the shiny blogosphère had (and has) various reasons¹:
i) I don't have an interweb connection due to administrative, technical and financial difficulties.
ii) The winter term of the uni has started and now that the University of Basel has adapted its courses to the ever-so glorious international BA system, there's much more coursework to do - above all when you're as
stupid insatiable as me and choose to study 3 subjects instead of only 1.
iii) I've been quarantined at Basel's influenza clinic due to a suspected H5 N1 infection that turned out to be nothing but a harmless variant of the West Nile virus.
iv) My embalmed baby armadillo suffered from an acute case of homesickness and I had to escort it back to the Rio Grande where it's now looking for its real parents.
skipped my lecture found a short and quiet momentum to write you these few words live from my beloved medieval library here in Basel.
As a matter of fact, they just switched off all the lights and locked the doors. o_O
Maybe my lifelong dream of being locked in a library overnight might finally come true. Weeeeeee!
Anyhow, I'll leave you now with some
randomly picked carefully selected Taxidermy & Curiosa links. Please also read A Case of Taxidermy - one of my older posts full of yummy taxidermy art links.
"The photographs are of animals found dead; the majority is of road-killed animals that I encountered on a two-mile stretch of road near where I used to live. "
→ If you like Carney's work, you might also enjoy:
Nathalia Edenmont's ungodly beasts | Debbie Carlos' Human Nature series | Jeanie M.'s Mouse Angel project | Gordon Wilding's fierce & enchanting creatures | Afke Golsteijn's taxidermy artworks | Nigel Grimmer's rather grotesque Road Kill Family Album | The Liquid Fish gallery | T.S.R.'s A Case of Curiosities | The Paxton Gate Store | ... and of course my own article on Cabinets de curiosités.
"These photographs are the result of ten-day journey he undertook with a group of travelling minstrels and their entourage of animals: three hyenas, two pythons and four monkeys."
"Blending depictions of natural history with political commentary, Ford’s meticulous paintings satirize the history of colonialism and the continuing impact of slavery and other forms of political oppression on today’s social and environmental landscape. Each painting is as much a tutorial in flora and fauna as it is as a scathing indictment of the wrongs committed by nineteenth-century industrialists or, locating the work in the present, contemporary American consumer society."
"The phenomen of trading in images of unusual people seemed much more common in America than elsewhere in the world and examples of photographs of albinos who publically exhibited themselves from other countries are exceedingly rare. This site shows a variety of American images which date from the 1870s - 1890s."
"One of the earliest documented cases of conjoined twins are Mary and Eliza Chulkhurst, also known as the Biddenden Maids. Born in 1100, the sisters lived for 34 years in Biddenden, County of Kent, England. Mary and Eliza, though often depicted as joined at the hip and shoulders, were likely pygopagus twins who were joined at the buttocks and lower backs. After the death of one sister, doctors hoped to save the life of the other by separating them surgically. The surviving twin refused, declaring, 'As we came together, we will go together.'"
In other beautifully disfigured and anatomically disformed news, Philadelphia's Mütter Museum has recently been expanded and Wurzeltod™ favourite Jessica Joslin has added new fluffy (and not so fluffy) creatures to her most enchanting Wunderkammer.
And now, all the best to you and your imaginary and/or embalmed friends!
See you when I'm back from England.
¹ The following list contains at least 12.3% of blatant lies.
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