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 jessicajoslin.com.
Though she enjoys her taxidermic medium, there are some things Joslin wont do.
She says she refused to turn a womans 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 doesnt know what the man planned to do with the helmet and admits, I didnt want to ask.
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