Amber M.'s Profile

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I am a Brooklyn-based taxidermy and entomology artist. My work has been featured in The Guardian, The New York Times, VICE Magazine, National Geographic, The LA Times, TimeOut NY, New York Magazine, Brooklyn Magazine, The New Yorker, Gothamist, and many others. I appeared on the hit Discovery Science TV series Oddities, and on Oxygen TV's In Progress: 52 Weeks, 52 Outstanding Women. I also created a custom taxidermy mice for cult film director John Waters.

I attended Anderson's Whitetail Taxidermy School in upstate New York, where I studied under Bill Anderson in 2012. Following this I found a mentor in John Youngaitis of Cypress Hills Taxidermy, in Queens, NY. At NYC's American Museum of Natural History, I studied the art of the diorama and interned in the special exhibitions/fabrication department under Tom Doncourt. I became certifed in bird and mammal taxidermy under Mark Van…

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  • Female
  • Born on January 13
  • Joined September 20, 2007

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taxidermy, mice, butterflies, moths, anthropomorphic taxidermy, teeth, bell jars, domes, dioramas

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About

I am a Brooklyn-based taxidermy and entomology artist. My work has been featured in The Guardian, The New York Times, VICE Magazine, National Geographic, The LA Times, TimeOut NY, New York Magazine, Brooklyn Magazine, The New Yorker, Gothamist, and many others. I appeared on the hit Discovery Science TV series Oddities, and on Oxygen TV's In Progress: 52 Weeks, 52 Outstanding Women. I also created a custom taxidermy mice for cult film director John Waters.

I attended Anderson's Whitetail Taxidermy School in upstate New York, where I studied under Bill Anderson in 2012. Following this I found a mentor in John Youngaitis of Cypress Hills Taxidermy, in Queens, NY. At NYC's American Museum of Natural History, I studied the art of the diorama and interned in the special exhibitions/fabrication department under Tom Doncourt. I became certifed in bird and mammal taxidermy under Mark Van Leuven of Buckshot taxidermy in Sussex, NJ, and also studied under John Bollmann of Wildlife Preservations in NJ. I've produced a sizable body of taxidermy work over the years, with many thanks to my fantastic teachers!

In Brooklyn I worked extensively with the Morbid Anatomy Museum; as an artist in residence at their museum and on their website, and as a teacher for their taxidermy classes. I contributed an essay on taxidermy to their book, The Morbid Anatomy Anthology, which was published in hardcover in 2014, and again, (the second edition) in 2015. Apart from online sales, I am the taxidermy and curiosities buyer for a number of NYC area stores: Kanibal Home in Jersey City, NJ, and Dolly G's Vintage, Schafmayer & Company, Eclectic Collectibles and Antiques, and Red Rose and Lavender, all in Brooklyn. I've sold items in association with Obscura Antiques and Oddities, In God We Trust, Co-op 87 Records, 3rd Ward, the Observatory, the Brooklyn Flea, Artists and Fleas, Brooklyn's Punk Rock/Heavy Metal Flea, Black Gold Records, Fly Rite Tattoo, Saved Tattoo, and more.

I am a member of NEAT, the New England Association of Taxidermists, and a board member of the GSTA, New Jersey's Garden State Taxidermists Association. I follow and support ethical guidelines with respect to animal welfare. None of the animals used to create my taxidermy pieces were killed solely for the sake of taxidermy; their deaths are not related to the art. Depending on the circumstances, the pieces are variously sourced from: repurposed vintage pieces, utilized roadkill, sustenance remains, discarded livestock, destroyed nuisance animals, feeder animals, casualties of the pet trade, or donated animals that died of natural causes.

Feel free to contact me with any questions, commissions, or inquiries, and to check out my website and follow me on social media:

www.brooklyntaxidermy.com

@brooklyntaxidemy on instagram
http://instagram.com/brooklyntaxidermy

@brooklyntaxidermy on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/brooklyntaxidermy

@brooklyntaxidermy on Twitter
https://twitter.com/brooklyntaxidermy

http://brooklyntaxidermy.tumblr.com

or email me at
amber at brooklyntaxidermy dot com

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