Felid Orthrus by Sarina Brewer
Felid Orthrus by Sarina Brewer

Sarina Brewer ’93 recently spoke with Anna Maria Tremonti of the Current about the Minneapolis rogue taxidermy community.

Brewer, who is a co-founder of the Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists, defines the unique art form as a genre of pop surrealist art characterized by mixed media sculptures containing conventional taxidermy related materials that are used in an unconventional manner. Pieces can be made from animal bones, mummified animal components, or conventional taxidermy materials like the hide of an animal. Most of Brewer's personal work uses a mixture of animal hides to create creatures inspired by mythology. She also has another series in which she mummifies parts of an animal and covers it in gold leaf.

"Taxidermy, what I do, my work is an homage to the animal. It’s really to commemorate the animal and tell that animal’s story or my story through using that animal's body. I kind of distance myself from traditional taxidermists and especially the hunting culture and those types of mounts, because that's not where my work comes from. My work is about commemorating the animal's life, not about the experience of killing the animal, which is what trophy hunting is about and trophy mounts are about." —Brewer

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