Wisconsin-based artist Kelly Jelinek of Little Stag Studio combines her lifelong fascination with taxidermy and love of old upholstery to create fantastic works of faux taxidermy that look like animals from fairytale lands, from impossibly colorful lions, deer, and dinosaurs to much smaller creatures like chinchillas and armadillos.
“When I was a child, I spent most of my time with my nose in fairytale books. I absolutely marveled how the impossible was made possible in those stories: animals could talk, trees could move, and the most mundane of objects could become something magical and important. I wished that real life was like a fairytale. This longing that I had as a child has stayed with me through the years, and I find that I am constantly trying to make "real life” more magical and extraordinary through the artwork that I create. The faux taxidermy art that I create is a great example of this: something traditional and commonplace is transformed into something new and exciting.”