My husband is a traditional bow hunter, and I am an artist. That combination makes for some interesting dinner conversation, believe me. For example, when he came for lunch today I was pondering how to describe this wall hanging made with a genuine coyote skull and copper sheet metal.
I had searched the Etsy website for taxidermy and gotten a wide range of results. I always thought taxidermy involved stuffing the poor animal, but evidently not.
Anyway, after some pondering I decided to use the term, just in case someone considered this to be a taxidermy item.
The fact of the matter is this genuine coyote skull is a found object. Found while hubby was out hunting in far West Texas.
I had fun figuring out how to make it a decorative item. A little gilder's paste, some verdigris patina on a sheet of copper and a toothbrush to brighten his choppers, and here he is.
The next step is to find a new home for him. Her? Would he look good on your wall?
“The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. To him... a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death. Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create -- so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him. He must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating.”
Pearl S. Buck