Geoffry Gorman

Geoffrey Gorman is an artist that I fell in love with the first time I laid eyes on his work. (I know, I love a lot of them don't I!) The first image of his work I remember seeing was of a cat made of sticks and wrapped in canvas, fastened together with strips of leather and screws that left rust marks in a pattern that reminded me of an ocelot. For the past couple of years I have been watching his work evolve into more and more "sophisticated" forms. I am interested to see that his work has progressed but wonder exactly how it happened and you'll see what I mean in a moment.

Gorman's early works were representations of animals who were free unto themselves, exhibiting their own personalities. I was able to easily imagine them with a companion, playing in the kitchen or fantasize about seeing them wandering the desert at dusk. Then his animals began appearing on pedestals, not tall ones but they were definitely no longer free. They were fastened to a block of some kind and became objects, somehow less animated than the earlier spirits he created. Gorman then pierced them and lifted them up off the ground as if stuck on pins in an invisible specimen box to be adored and preserved like perfectly preserved specimens of museum taxidermy. I wonder if this was a conscious decision on his part or if is has just been the result of a free spirited artist attempting to conform to some gallery owners idea of what a "contemporary art sculpture" should  be. Personally, I hope to see his creatures break free from the platforms, pedestals, and specimen pins and return to their wild animated state, (which they are starting to do). That was what really drew me to them in the the first place; the idea that one day I might meet up with one of his creatures quite unexpectedly on a walk in the woods...





Marian Drew, I'm So in Love with You.

Penguin with Enamel Jug
Rose Crowned Fruit Dove on Fancy Work
Crow with Salt

Marian Drew is an artist that I really love. She and I have something in common. We both use roadkill in our work. Marian uses film as her canvas but she is unique in that she paints into it with light.

When watching this video, notice how she looks at and handles the animals. Her ability to connect to the body of something that once held life– held the spirit of an individual is why I find her so inspiring, not to mention the works are beautiful, poetic and tragic all at once. If you are interested in learning more about Marian's work Luminous Lint published a great write up about Australiana.

I have included some of my favourite images here so you can get an idea of how incredible these photos really are and how painterly they look if at first you aren't aware they are photographs. Beautiful.

Pelican with Turnips

Magpie with Limes
Magpie with Butcher and Bowl
Kingfisher with Chinese cloth and strawberries


Irina Troitskaya

Another wonderful artist I stumbled across while doing research for my own work: Irina Triotskaya. She is a Russian artist and illustrator who makes beautiful quirky drawings, photographs, collages, altered objects, and paintings. Her work has a playfulness that I really enjoy and I hope you will too! Be sure to check out her website which has tons of great drawings, patterns, and editorial illustrations as well as her blog which is conveniently translated into English for everyone who doesn't speak Russian!



Bryan Christiansen

Bryan Christiansen is an artist and trophy hunter. His work  seems the antithesis of taxidermy or another deviant version of it perhaps....I like deviant. I like Bryan. I like his Trophies too.

Christiansen’s works stand in for the trophies, antler mounts, and pelts so often prized by hunters, and represent his own triumph of the present over the past and his strength to confront some of life’s most challenging contradictions.
Christiansen ventures into forgotten urban alleyways and parking lots to search for discarded furniture, recalling the ritualized pursuit of stalking and hunting animals.  Once he returns to the studio, he proceeds to “skin and gut” the furnishings, as though he were eviscerating a fresh kill. In acknowledgment of Native American traditions, however, he makes sure that nothing goes to waste, saving and bottling everything down to the last bit of sawdust and string.

~taken from The Curated Object


Michael Joo

Untitled (Coyote) 19
Michael Joo is a genius. I love his work and when I stumbled across him doing research about coyotes I immediately tried to find more of his work. I read an interview with him in which he described his studio as more of a laboratory...damn! The idea of a studio being a laboratory (or sometimes a morgue...) immediately clicked with me. I have a keen interest in the natural sciences, biology, anatomy, medicine, zoology, environmental science and wildlife management. Realizing that science is probably the single biggest influence on my art practice made thinking about my studio as a laboratory logical. My work is a lot like Michael's in that it can't be defined as simply sculpture, performance or installation. His work is extremely intellectual and often deals with science referencing it both directly and metaphorically.

The Pack
Separation Anxiety

Remote Sense Alpha Helix

Affected (Inuited)

Strait Man, Split
God II