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Eel Catcher
Steel, plastic and copper 505mm x 470mm x 400mm
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Emily Mayer

Born London 1960 trained as a taxidermist and sculptor BA (Hons) Fine Art , Norwich School of Art & Design.  
Having practiced as a taxidermist since her late teens Emily then studied sculpture with an emphasis on found-object works to create animal forms.   Her more recent pioneering work in developing a new style of taxidermy called erosion moulding has led her to make works that bring together both areas of her practice in objects with often ‘edgy’ or humourous narratives.

Writing about  Emily in a catalogue for a recent exhibition  ‘Out of Context’  Rachel Campbell-Johnston  talks of her being “....  less interested in the perfect replica but .. (wanting) her work to explore more uncomfortable ideas ... (that she is) ... seeking a far starker realism. She wants to capture a sense of life - and death - as it really is: to present the facts without flinching and, by focusing on our human relationship with the animals that surround us, to put them to challenging effect.”