David R. Harper Shakes Up Traditional Portraiture in an Unusual Way

By: Meghan Young - Sep 9, 2014
References: davidrharper & juxtapoz
There have been artistic renditions of taxidermy trophies before, but the embroidered taxidermy of David R. Harper may be the first of its kind. Instead of creating a fake stuffed animal work of art, these dead creatures act as the canvas for the Canadian artist. The embroidered taxidermy sports classical Victorian era portraits on their pelts and furs, which provides a complete contrast between the two.

Although the tradition of portraiture is meant to elevate and immortalize the subject, these embroidered taxidermy works to create an added "emotional distance that allows the artist to poke at the slippery slope where nature and culture meet," as written on Juxtapoz. It is this emotional distance that is likened to hunting trophies. Thus the embroidered taxidermy isn't so far-fetched a project as some may believe.