She’s big, she’s bright, she’s creepy enough even to scare me! This creature Feature is all about the Earthly (though thoroughly bizarre) deep sea Gulper Eel.
Being a biology nut I’ve always had a healthy fascination with this incredible organism, but being a busy artist-type I’m going to have to take the backseat and let more witty persons do the science lesson bit that will surely illustrate why I had to recreate it. Gulpers are very strange indeed.
Here’s a detailed bio about the fish.
And a freaky video of the slippery oddity in action here.
Understanding now what we are dealing with here. . Behold. . . My version of it! ( in it’s final stages of production) I built her in two parts that will be super bonded at the center, just worked out well for me that way. She also has a glowing red light organ in her tail, is constructed of both heavy duty polymer and epoxy clay, and believe it or not she weighs in at a meaty 6lbs! Most definitely a keeper.
Posted: April 25, 2013 in Art Updates
Tags: glowing art, gulper eel sculpture, deep sea fish sculpture, pelican eel, gulper eel, rogue sculpture, taxidermist Emi Slade, nature vs., mash up
This is more “story-of-the-artist” then an art update: BUT I’ve been crushing out some serious weight loss!, down several sizes/inches and with intense circuit and weight training I’m growing stronger everyday!! Soon I will upload before/after pics of my journey into health. I’ve still got a lot of work to do!
In February I took a 13 day vacation with my family to the West Carribean. We took a cruise ship from the Bahamas to St.Thomas, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Grand Turk and the Caico Islands. Got my fill of sun, squid, and sand, and spent many long hours in the sun snorkelling coral reefs and checking shells for crabs. My son made the trip a dream, asking always about the animals and ships, and combing the beaches hand in hand with his ole’ mum. It was nice to get away, it happens so rarely in life you get a gift like that and I am forgever grateful.
Here’s a few pics from the ships top deck, a few of Grand Turk before we hit the reefs, and some of Puerto Rico. . I think. Still have the bitching tan and unbreakable smile!
Bring on the island inspiration!
Posted: March 24, 2013 in Art Updates, Taxidermy
Tags: coral reef sculpture, deep sea fish sculpture, emi slade taxidetmy, fox head mount, gulper eel sculpture, kansas city art shows, pelican eel, spectrum fantastic live arts festival, surreal sea life, tv taxidermy, werewolf mount
First, The finished and sold Were-Fox trophy mount… He received some trimmed black bear fur to top and finish off his ears and had some final adjustments made to his neck. I think he came out great and of course I got a TON of pics before I shipped him out.
Some various sculpts of all shape and medium are popping up all over the studio (it IS spring!) and things look really packed in here. There are several taxidermy pieces growing and lots of psychedelic and sci-fi inspired squid monsters in progress too.
Here’s pics of some recent sculptures in the making-All sculptures ARE for sale. They are being completed in quick succession so any unsold work can be hauled to Kansas City in May for the magnificent “Spectrum Fantastic Arts Live” event!!! (I will cover more details about this event in my upcoming post) Below are progress pics of a living coral reef creature and a 3:1 scale deep sea Gulper/Pelican Eel fish sculpt (and yes, it glows!)
Posted: March 4, 2013 in Art Updates, Exhibition Updates
Tags: about, adult activities, ann arbor arts, emi slade coloring book, local art, local bands, pat elkins, solo for emily slade, support ypsi arts, the, ypsi art, Ypsilanti
I’ve got a fun opening this Saturday in Ypsilanti Mi @Ugly Mug Cafe~a solo exhibition of bizarre-themed, fully framed, original “activity book” illustrations, cafe-inspired sculpture, and compiled coloring books for the guests young and old.
This cafe is very sentimental to me~as a young non-profit organizer (Atomic Art 2007) this progressive+ hip cafe hosted our first “Explosive” event & has supported our members’ craft ever since.
Come join us, our wonderful musical guests (, and the city at large as we share in our mutual love for the local arts & culture!!! ~ emi Xo
Modern Eden’s “Flashback Friday” sale, check out the list & sale prices here…. http://www.moderneden.com/collections/flashback
Please help the gallery, the contributing artists, and myself clear out this amazing work so we can make and exhibit more for the future!
Ps. These prices are crazy, you will NOT get them this low again, even directly from me. Please consider taking something home so I can continue to exhibit in this awesome art scene alongside my beloved peers. ~xo
“Flashback Friday Sale” Modern Eden is have a HUGE art sale!! Please contact email@example.com to sign up and recieve the purchasing info/link. There are some incredible paintings and sculpture in the collection (including some of my sea creatures) and you’re supporting an AMAZING gallery and artists with your greenbacks. Yours truly, ~Emi
Now to get the website up…… *slaps self in face*
(So as to not waste your time-here’s a cute film still from an upcoming taxidermy project to be announced soon!!)