Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Artist Finds Beauty In Bones

CHICAGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – It’s amazing what you can do with a bunch of old bones.

Chicago-based artist Jessica Joslin says she uses “creative license” to develop unique animal sculptures incorporating elements like real animal bones, antique brass vestment trim and decorative beads.

Joslin has done everything from a one-inch-tall bird made of mouse bones, an antique adding machine handle and cast pewter bird feet to a six-foot ostrich using a real ostrich pelvis, lamp fittings and a turtle shell.

These and other creations – including a curious cat whose ears and eyelids were cut from 150-year-old opera gloves – can all be seen at the site

Though she enjoys her taxidermic medium, there are some things Joslin won’t do.

She says she refused to turn a woman’s cat into “cat stole” or make a ceremonial bear helmet with big horns sticking out of it, requested by “a very straight-laced- looking lawyer.”

She still doesn’t know what the man planned to do with the helmet and admits, “I didn’t want to ask.”

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