Discussing the work with the artist, I find out the subjects were not alive in the great outdoors, but are actually a taxidermist 's handiwork on display at the Smithsonian.
A friend who is a taxidermist has kept the fox in a freezer, but Jason, from Audenshaw, is unsure whether to have the animal stuffed.
Unlike a hunting trophy that the taxidermist immortalizes as a token of man's domination over nature, stuffed animals are objects without a lived past.
The warped handiwork of a taxidermist has given almost all of the stuffed animals odd expressions.
John Gould made his name as a taxidermist and was a curator and preserver to the Zoological Society, in London.
In addition, they visited a taxidermist who instructed them in the science of preserving lifelike specimens.
By the 1880s almost every town and village had a professional taxidermist .
During a shoot at a taxidermist 's office, they ran into some difficulties.
He described how once the animals are killed they are sent to a taxidermist in South Africa, where they are stuffed, mounted and then sent to the UK.
Having qualified as a taxidermist from the North-Western School of Taxidermy, Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.A. in 1969, Gerry set up a taxidermy studio and fur exporting business in 1975.