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This new taxidermy collection by Vincze Miklós is titled ‘The World’s Most Awkward Taxidermy.’ After looking at the collection, it’s clear that these stuffed animals aren’t so much awkward as they are goofy and cartoonish. One mountain lion has wide cartoon eyes and stares at passersby with a knowing grin, tongue lolling out of his mouth. Another piece is a grizzly bear that has a wide grin plastered across its face and, again, cartoon-inspired eyes.
With these pieces of taxidermy art, Vincze Miklós was successful in taking something organic and natural and turning it into something almost unrecognizable. This creates an uncanny feeling that cannot be shaken. The animals are still, but Miklós has turned them into something unnatural.
Taxidermy collections like this re-affirm the basic human fear of objects that cannot be classified. With their wide grins, unblinking eyes and awkward angular poses these taxidermy creations are unsettling.