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animals in art, part two

Last month we took a look at artists who create animals, including a look at the DAM archives. There is so much good work out there it’s already time for a part two!

Textile artist Karen Nicol comes from a family of embroidery artists (both she and her sister hold degrees in embroidery). When asked to describe her work Nicol explained, “I create ‘couture creatures’ I suppose. I use my animals to explore the the interesting dichotomy of man wearing animal skins and animals ‘clothed ‘ in skins inspired by human culture.” Read and interview with the artist on textileartist.org.

 

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  Karen Nicol

Researching Karen Nicol brought me to her husband, who I featured back in 2007. Time to take a second look at Peter Clark as he continues to make good use of his comprehensive collection of found papers – their colors, patterns and textures add rich layers as he ‘paints’ his paper animal collages.

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Peter Clark 

Deborah Simon’s animal sculptures swing in the other direction – nothing cute or charming here. The work is realistic enough to be mistaken for taxidermy. Simon’s use of polymer clay, faux fur and foam is brilliant.

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 Deborah Simon

Sue Walters usually burns animal images into wood but I was interested in the way she uses pyrography and acrylic paint on Tagua nuts – WOW!

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Sue Walters 

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