More Creepy Taxidermy from Artist in Jail for his Work
This is the second post regarding a Miami Beach artist, Enrique Gomez De Molina, who combines taxidermied animal parts into sculptures. He was sentenced on March 3, 2012 to twenty months in federal prison for trafficking in endangered and protected wildlife. De Molina also received one year’s probation, was fined $6,000, and must forfeit all smuggled wildlife in his possession. For more details and pictures, see first post here.
Prosecutors say from late 2009 through February 2011 De Molina used contacts in Bali, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Canada and China to illegally acquire the animals, some of whom were alivewhen the sellers sent photos before sale.
Enrique Gomez De Molina is an artist from Miami who creates bizarre sculptures with the stuffed parts of dead animals. While taxidermy itself isn’t something new, what De Molina does is he mixes up parts from different animals to create a new one, a new species all together. The result is what some might call art, and others may find plain disturbing.
For instance, one of the strangest beings created by De Molina is a combination of a squirrel and a crab. The head of a squirrel and the body of the crab. Another one has the heads of two swans placed on the body of a goat. The art is all fine, but the artist himself is facing the possibility of landing in jail for no less than 5 years. He may also have to pay $250,000 in fines. The reason – he illegally imported the body parts of endangered species, a crime that he has pleaded guilty to. He was arrested in November, 2011.
According to the police, De Molina did not obtain the permit required to import animal parts, skins and other remains. He apparently was aware that his actions were illegal. However, he went ahead and smuggled in the remains of animals from all over the world. While these sculptures might look disturbing and even seem like cruelty against animals, De Molina says that his aim is to raise awareness regarding the dangers faced by a range of species. He wanted to depict the dangers of genetic engineering and human intervention. Meanwhile, he offers his pieces for sale on the Internet and through exhibitions. The prices go up to $80,000. His work was recently displayed at the Scope Art Fair in Miami. Two pieces were sold for a total of $100,000.
Okay listen I’m going to tell you my problem with rogue taxidermy and it definitely isn’t the problem you are imagining.
Now, I believe you brought this up due to my offhand “get rid of those hares with deer antlers strapped to their heads already” and you are correct, I have nothing wrong with a taxidermist doing whatever the heck they want with whatever legal animal parts they want! My initial point was that I think we all agree that the aforementioned taxidermist should not then try to dupe millions by claiming their creation is a new mystery species (/phylum??) for money/fame.