Twisted Taxidermy by Emi Slade

Emi Slade, Cerberus, 2015

Warning: Contains images that may be considered graphic and disturbing to some readers.

Emi Slade is a Michigan-based artist who creates beautifully grotesque hybrids made from taxidermied animal parts* and surrealist sculptural elements. Part nightmare, part fairy tale, Slade’s creations terrify and ignite the imagination with their gleaming eyes, spilled viscera, and rows of razor-sharp teeth. Among her twisted menagerie is a Cereberus, an Arctic Merfox, and a conjoined Jackalope, all of which seize the viewer’s attention with their lifelike ferocity.

*All of Slade’s taxidermied materials are ethically sourced.

Emi Slade, Conjoined Jackalope, 2014 Emi Slade, Conjoined Jackalope, bottom view, 2014 Emi Slade, Arctic Merfox, side view, 2014 Emi Slade, Arctic Merfox, 2014 Emi Slade, It's Inside that Counts, front and side detail, 2012
Images © Emi Slade
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