Berkley-based artist, Aimée Baldwin challenges our established notion of the relationship between consumerism, commodity fetishism, and nature with her completely vegan taxidermy birds that are created from hand-cut crepe paper feathers laid atop of each individually-shaped foam and paper-mâché body. The legs are made of wire and the claws and beaks are all hand-sculpted. The only pre-fab component to these creations is the taxidermy glass eyes.
Baldwin comments in her artist statement:
One of my goals is that my work encourage people to reflect upon our relationship with both nature and human made objects at the same time. Taxidermy represents a particularly strange commoditization of nature, with a complicated and varied history.
[via Boing Boing]