Spreading fear and mayhem in the visual arts.

Tessa Farmer & Amon Tobin at Crypt Gallery, London

by Suzanne on May 19th, 2011

UPDATE MAY 25, 2011: Here are a few installation images of the ISAM as well as her ongoing Nymphidia show at Danielle Arnaud taken from my Flickr (incl. 2 older photos of Tessa's work):

From the Little Savages series by Tessa Farmer, 2007 - click to enlarge

This sure sounds like a very promising audio-visual collaboration: Tessa Farmer & Amon Tobin will be showing ISAM - Control over Nature in London and Paris.

Opening at St Pancras Church's amazing Crypt Gallery this coming week, Farmer's apocalyptic insect savages will provide the backdrop for Tobin's new soundscapes contained within his new album.

From their press release:

"The collaboration perfectly captures the themes surrounding ISAM: sensory deprivation, disorienting situationism and the mechanization of natural things."

Ethereal photographs of Farmers's intricate work shot by Pelle Crepin will also feature in the limited edition booklet that's been released with Tobin's new album.

Audio-visual live performances of ISAM will be held throughout June in Berlin, Brussels, Paris and London. Please refer to the ISAM site for more information. Details of the London show below.

Amon Tobin & Tessa Farmer 'ISAM: Control Over Nature' Preview from Ninja Tune on Vimeo.

Opening reception: Wed, May 25, 2011, 6 - 9 PM

On show: May 26 - June 3, 2011

Address: Crypt Gallery, St Pancras Church, Euston Road, London, NW1 2BA, tel: 020 7388 1461, email: info@cryptgallery.org.uk | Map

Gallery hours: 11 AM - 5 PM

Press release

Artist's website

Tessa Farmer on the WurzelForum®

... and in other visionary, sequential and plain heartbreaking news:

i) Check out Winnie Truong's amazing studies:

ii) Kindred spirit Lynn Kost is leaving Lucerne's Fumetto Comix Festival after 7 years - 5 of which directing it - and he will be greatly missed as he combined nerd-dom and connoisseurship like no other and I'm actually pretty devastated about this news. So long, Lynn... (,_,)

iii) Li-Wan and Guo Zhongfan both had a day they'll never forget...

"Animal Magic" at Eleven Fine Art, London: Final Days

by Suzanne on May 21st, 2008

Snake-Tailed Skull Ship (detail) by Tessa Farmer | Photo by Suzanne G.

Final week for Londoners to see Animal Magic at Eleven Fine Art in London.

I visited the tiny show myself about a fortnight ago, and the one work that stood out for me was definitely Tessa Farmer's Snake-Tailed Skull Ship (c.f. above).

I don't know whether it was the hot weather or the fact that I visited the enchanting and highly recommendable Amazing Rare Things exhibition before, but Olly & Suzi's paintings left me rather indifferent and despite the fact that I always liked Polly Morgan's taxidermied animals from looking at her photographs, standing face to face with them didn't really impress or inspire me.

However, apart from two rather cringeworthy conservatory faux pas (Farmer's highly fragile mobile-like oeuvre hanging very close to the window front where it's exposed to sunlight and draft whenever someone enters the room and Morgan's dead bird arrangement standing on a wonky pedestal that makes the glass dome and the electrified miniature chandelier tremble with every step) the show is quite nicely arranged and very well documented.

Closes: Saturday, May 24, 2008

Address: Eleven Fine Art, 11 Eccleston Street, London, SW1W 9LX, tel: +44 (0)20 7823 5540 | Map

Preview works

Oh, and guess who's gonna see Indy tonight at midnight?! *cracks whip*

"Gothic" Group Show at Fieldgate Gallery in London

by Suzanne on February 21st, 2008

© Tessa Farmer

Richard Ducker has brought together an inspiring set of a dozen artists for a themed group show at Fieldgate Gallery in London.

Tessa Farmer - previously featured here and here - is amongst them and will present her works from February 23, 2008 through March 16, 2008.

View exhibited works

Private View: Tomorrow, February 22, 2008, 6 - 9 PM

Address: 14 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1ES, tel: 07957 228351 | Map

Open: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 1 - 6 PM

Tessa Farmer's "Little Savages" in London

by Suzanne on January 25th, 2008

From the Swarm series by Tessa Farmer, 2004

Tessa Farmer - featured in Taxidermia Wurzeltodensis - is showing her Little Savages at London's Natural History Museum until Monday next week.

So all Londoners interested in cryptozoological insects performing a grotesque Danse Macabre in a microcosmic wonderland, shouldn't miss their final chance to see Tessa's installation of ghastly little apocalyptic chitin riders.

Sweet nightmares (are made of these).

From the Swarm series by Tessa Farmer, 2004

Closing date: Monday, January 28, 5:30 PM

Address: Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD, UK, Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 5000

How to get there: Within walking distance of South Kensington tube station (District, Circle & Piccadilly lines)

Taxidermia Wurzeltodensis

by Suzanne on August 6th, 2007

Hopeless Romantic by Colette Calascione, oil on wood, 10" x 15", 1996

'Story has it, a boy came face-to-face with that animal.... right here. Right where we’re standing now.

Over the years it carried on like this - thieving different parts of people like it wanted to be a person.

Until it looked just like you or me, on the outside. But the only human part it never got was the ---'

(From: The Cat With Hands by Robert Morgan)

Without further ado, here it finally is: The often-promised and long-awaited Taxidermy, Cryptozoology & Animal Curiosa Ãœberpost - dedicated to a very precious and talented friend of mine: The lovely Jessica Joslin. Thank you for creating an outstanding oeuvre that keeps inspiring us!

If you're a taxidermist, cryptozoologist or curiosa photographer/multimedia artist, please feel free to leave a comment so that I can complete this comprehensive taxidermy link collection (and seize world dominance). Thank you.

P.S: Don't miss this nifty slideshow with all the artworks featured below. Enjoy!

Phew. My work here is done. I guess I can could retire from blogging now...

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Tia Resleure's A Case of Curiosities

Adam Szrotek

Alex CF

Animal Furniture Part 1 | Part 2

Børre Sæthre (via Fluffy Lychees)

Cai Guo-Qiang (II - via WMMNA)

Carlee Fernandez (via Michelle - where on earth are you, girl? I miss you...)

Athanasius Kircher's Cat Piano (via Robotbrain)

Christiane Cegavske

Christopher Linney Taxidermy

Courtney Payne (via and hosted by Carlee Fernandez)

Damien Hirst (II)

Erick Swenson (via WMMNA)

Fiendish Curiosities

Finch & C° (via Proceedings of the Athanasius Kircher Society)

Geof Kern

Gordon Rutter's collection

Gordon Wilding

Hardy Burmeier (via Tinselman)

Hyungkoo Lee

Jane Alexander

Jeff de Boer (via ExquisiteCorpse)

Jessica Joslin

John Espinosa (via Bunnylicious)

Josh Keyes

Karen Knorr (via Hysteria)

Les Deux Garcons (via Phantasmaphile)

Lola Isern (via and hosted by Carlee Fernandez)

LSD Photographers

Margot Quan Knight

Mark Holthusen

Maurizio Cattelan

Michael Sans (via DesignBoom)

Mike Libby (via Meredith Yayanos)

Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists

Musée Bizarre

Musée des Grenouilles

Hajime Emoto's Museum of Fantastic Specimens (II)

Museum Stemmler

Nathalia Edenmont

Nazif Topçuoğlu

Obscura Antiques (II)

One Dead Canary

Pascal Bernier (via WMMNA)

Patricia Piccinini

Ron Pippin

Bill Burns' Safety Gear For Small Animals (via WMMNA)

Sandy Skoglund (via Armchair Aquarium)

Sara Lando

Sarina Brewer

Scott a. a. Bibus

Scott Musgrove

Shen Shaomin

Simen Johan (via Lost At E Minor)

György Pálfi's Taxidermia (via my brother. Thanks for the DVD!)

Tessa Farmer (via Spy's Spice)

This Must Be Designed By Idiots

Trish Carney

Walter Potter's Museum of Curiosities (hosted by A Case of Curiosities)

Wim Delvoye


Angela Singer (via Jeanie)

The Guardian: Back from the dead

Bryan Crockett

Martin Schwarz's Bürstentierchen

Jon Gipe's Cabinet of Curiosities (via BoingBoing)

Wurzeltod's Cabinets de Curiosités

Catherine Chalmers

David Altmejd

Eugene Parnell

David McKinley's Heads & Tails Taxidermy

Heidi Taillefer

Ione Rucquoi (via Nikki Magennis)

Jennifer Angus

Joss McKinley

Julia deVille

Laurie Hogin

McKinley and Son

Curious Expedition's Monstrorium Historia (.. and photo set)

Morbid Tendencies

Jeanie M.'s Mouse Angel

Takeshi Yamada's Museum of World Wonders


Nicole McConville

Polly Morgan (via Melanie Haarhaus)

Tara Tucker