On Taxidermy & the Modern Relic
“Taxidermy, even modern taxidermy, harkens to history and a time past, taking on the qualities of an agnostic relic. Robert Marbury will explore this idea in an illustrated discussion, looking not only at the reasons behind this, including the use of taxidermy as a natural history tool, but also delving into its implications for artists and artworks embracing this medium.”
Robert Marbury is best known as a co-founder and director of the Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists, the first international arts group dedicated to mix-medium sculpture using taxidermy materials. Robert’s artistic methodology fuses research and humor to develop narratives that manifest in fiber, fur, and photography, as well as the occasional promotional product.
Robert is the author of Taxidermy Art: A Rogue's Guide to the Work, the Culture, and How to Do It Yourself and lectures widely. Based in Baltimore, Robert and his wife Alix have started Wonder Commons, which seeks to activate creativity through participatory happenings, art, and making things.