In the art of taxidermy, gesture is paramount, hence for jeweller and taxidermist Julia deVille, the most considered aspect of creation is composing her subjects to find a balance between pathos, humour and dignified realism.
Drawing on Renaissance, baroque and Victorian art and ideas, deVille creates contemporary ‘memento mori’ that raise our curiosity through the use of paradoxical processes and materials.
While all deVille’s creatures have died a natural death, they live on as beautiful and compelling allegories, begging a reflection on our symbiotic but decidedly unequal relationship with the animal world and our cavalier disregard for mortality in general.
Image: I.N.R.I, 2013. Photographed by Terence Bogue.