Franken-Dermist: Controversial Hybrid Taxidermy

Franken-Dermist: Controversial Hybrid Taxidermy

The world of Miami artist Enrique Gomez De Molina looks like the hazy dream of a far away land, the unearthly remnants of a tortured fairy tale filled with exotic creatures created by Dr. Frankenstein himself. De Molina creates his mischievous sculptures with the stuffed body parts of dead animals: but not the typical animals one finds inhabiting the spaces reserved for hunting trophies and museum displays. De Molina takes a ‘Franken-Dermist’ approach to the practice of taxidermy, mismatching the body parts of different animals — regular and exotic — to create a whole new species of the utterly strange.

De Molina illegally imported parts of whole cobras, pangolins, hornbills, and the skulls of babirusa from all areas of the world including Bali, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Canada, and China. The curious and exotic nature of his sculptures are meant to be both fascinating and humorous. While we don’t agree with the harvesting of body parts from exotic creatures, smuggling them into the United States, and then turning them into art party playthings; the whimsical and unrealistic qualities of his sculptures do, “serve as a visual experience for the viewer and himself.” De Molina hopes to bring awareness to the real world dangers faced by all “species across the planet: nuclear and chemical waste, over development, and destruction from rain forests.” While we think this is great, there are other alternatives than exploiting animals dead or alive – ahem, Lady GaGa – for artistic expression. Here, De Molina ponders which direction fauna and mankind are headed as a species.

“Genetic engineering and human evolution also accounts for the conceptualization of these surreal pieces. The notion that all planetary creatures derive from a different makeup puts into question the possibilities for natural and artificial evolution that lies ahead. de Molina examines the direction in which fauna and mankind are headed as a species.”

Via: Trendland and Bernice Steinbaum Gallery

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