taxidermy art

Brewer's bond with nature and animals began when she was very young. As a child she spent most of her time outdoors interacting with nature. All animal companions, from sparrows to pet goldfish, were lavished with elaborate funerals upon their passing during her childhood. The desire to venerate animals after death followed her into adulthood, eventually spilling over into her work while studying at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in the early 1990's. During her formative years at MCAD her work centered around the preserved bodies of animals. Initially she utilized naturally mummified animals she would find. Eventually she began incorporating the remains of her pets into her work. By the time she graduated she had developed and mastered her own mummification techniques that rendered her subjects preserved, and immortalized, indefinitely. These early works were shrines to the animals they incorporated. Their bodies were adorned in gold leaf and laid to rest in metaphorical ossuaries. Brewer is best known for her taxidermic creations, but her gilded corpses have remained a constant throughout her 25-year art career. Though her current body of work encompasses a variety of forms, the philosophy behind all of her pieces has always remained the same; Everything she creates pays homage to the animal and relays a lifelong story of her intimate relationship with them.