The Strange Artworks of Emi Slade….

………………………………………………………………………Art News and Upcoming Exhibitions


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Double-headed Weekend of Oddity and Wonder!

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Kicking off this weekend is much anticipated “Rogue Taxidermy Biannual” at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Hollywood, CA which features the most groundbreaking artists working in the controversial medium today. 

Quoted from La Luz’s website; “This is not your granddady’s taxidermy: road kill is a central part of the “recycled” philosophy of this unusual and enlightening exhibition, as are discarded livestock, destroyed nuisance animals, casualties of the pet trade and animals that have expired from natural causes. Other sculptures utilize taxidermy techniques in an unorthodox way to fashion fantastic beasts from everyday materials–even the recycled pelts of toy stuffed animals. Elements of technology and decoration combine to create ornaments that approach high art, not only in craft, but in concept.

Materials and even species are mixed, helping to broaden presumptive definitions.
Pieces in this exhibition span Steam Punk to Rococo -from playful to elegant.

 On Saturday, May 3rd from 2 until 5 PM, Katie, Divya, and Lauren will present a live taxidermy demonstration using prepared and raw materials as they answer questions about the artform.

For all you midwestern folks, I’ve also got something good for you too!

YOURS TRULY: 100 POSTCARDS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

Public Opening Reception: May 3rd 7-9PM
Special Collectors Preview: May 3rd 6-7PM (RSVP: $20, Call 618.407.5596 or email: info@alexieragallery.com)

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Yours Truly is am awareness and fundraising exhibition for the Human Rights Campaign. The Exhibition will feature 100 artworks on postcards from artists all around the world. On the back of each postcard is a very special message from the featured artist answer this questions: “If you could say one thing to someone living in desperation, what would it be?”. Each answer to this question will be kept a secret until after the postcard has been purchased. All postcards will be priced $5-$50, and available to take home right away showing your support. 100% of Proceeds Donated to the Human Rights Campaign! We aim to raise awareness, bring hope and also create a special connection with our audience. We hope you will join us and spread the word!

More information or available works can be found here: http://alexieragallery.com/upcoming/

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Almost there…..!!!

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Whew!!!
It took 4 layers of careful trimming and textural blending to fade the fox, skunk, and bear furs together!
For the chin I added some curled black bear fur with individual skunk tail hairs blended in for the salt-n-pepper look. After the bondo sets I’ll be able to attach the ear fur (also blended fox/bear) and paint the lower lip. A few spot checks, some last minute mount adjustments, and probably a few deep sighs of relief and this amazing specimen will be complete!!!


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More Updates on the Were-Fox head

It’s almost finished!!!

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Blending fox pelt with scrap skunk hide

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Next comes ears, lower jaw fur, and curling the whiskers!

Hard to believe this was just a lowly, tattered, discarded fox fur “scrap”; virtually EVERYTHING here has been sculpted to work around the damage and bring the face back-to-life. The nose, jaws, skull/head, eyes, tongue, and of course teeth were all sculpted with special polymer and epoxy clay then painted with acrylics …*whew*!

Here’s some humble beginning shots…

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Vulture Sculpt Completed and ready to open gallery 423West!

Titled “In Death there is My Life” (large banner on vulture reads “In morte vita est mea” which is classical Latin for the piece’s title.)
Measures approx 24″x12″x7”, material list: Polymer/Epoxy clay sculpt, glass eyes, metal skeleton, charred wood base, rooster feathers.

Makes it’s debut Oct 20th at Gallery 423 West in Los Angeles, Ca.

Here’s a high-contrast clip/teaser

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New taxidermic/hybrid work in progress…”Vulture Study”, and completed Skunk + Snabbit creatures too <3

Wow.
I’ve been BUSY!
Here are some images of both a faux-vulture taxidermic/sculpture work-in-progress (for Gallery 423 in LA) and my first two completed taxidermy hybrids for public sale. (By public I mean they are not designed for a gallery or event.)
This vulture is completely hand-made and is essentially a “replica”…the feathers are from roadkill chickens I’ve collected, and all other details are sculpted by your truly from reference photos and my own dreams.
Below that is my dapper skunk bust (titled “Mr. Hide”),  and my mini diorama rabbit mount..the “Rare Pacific Sea Snabbit”…again, entirely hand sculpted with the exception of a small rabbit skin. Both the skunk and rabbit are available in my etsy shop HERE

I’d like to point out quickly that I do not use forms, so beneath the skin of these mounts are my own sculpted polymer bodies, all one-of-a-kind and all subjects of my own twisted imagination.

*No animals were harmed to make this work*

Enjoy!

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