Divya Anantharaman is an award winning professional taxidermist, and the former Taxidermist in Residence at the now closed Morbid Anatomy Museum.
Her taxidermy practice was sparked by a lifelong fascination with the intersection of natural mythology and science. With a combination of self and professional training, she has found her calling working as a full time taxidermist creating both fantasy and traditional pieces, and teaching classes around the world. Winner of Best in Show trophies and Best in Category ribbons at state taxidermy shows and competitions, her work is on display in the Chamber of Wonders at the Walters Art Museum, and has been profiled in numerous publications as varied as National Geographic, The NY Times, The Cut, Vice, BBC Science Radio, and on hit Discovery/Science Channel TV show Oddities. She is also a board member of the New England Association of Taxidermists, member of the Garden State Taxidermists Association, and has coauthored the book Stuffed Animals: A Modern Guide to Taxidermy.
In addition to taxidermy, she is very active in conservation regularly volunteering with with NYC Audubon and the Wildlife Conservation Society. You can find out more at friendsforevertaxidermy.com
Katie Innamorato is a professionally trained taxidermy artist; winning awards and ribbons every year at various competitions and conventions. She has competed at the World level and at multiple state conventions. She has been a member of the GSTA for 6 years, NEAT, and is a Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermist's member as well. She strives to teach proper, professional, traditional techniques to students all over the US.
She helped create an informative how-to video on The Brain Scoop, by Emily Graslie and Anna Goldman of The Field Museum in Chicago. Her work has been featured on the hit Science and Discovery Channel TV show, Oddities, and the spin off show, Odd Folks Home. She has exhibited work at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles, CA, among other galleries and museums. She was profiled in the book Taxidermy Art by Robert Marbury. and has coauthored the book Stuffed Animals: A Modern Guide to Taxidermy. She has also done lectures and demonstrations at the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire and at the Institute Library in Connecticut.
Emily Binard was born in Detroit, MI in October of 1976. Her childhood was spent between her hometown of Toledo, OH and the Binard family’s Fly Fishing cottage, The River House, in the North woods of Michigan on the banks of the Au Sable River. She studied Fine Art Print Making techniques at the University of Colorado, and received her Masters of Science in Textile Print Design from Philadelphia University in 2005.
After graduating with her Masters, she moved to New York City to start working in the design industry. She began taking taxidermy classes at the Observatory Room in Brooklyn in 2011 and was immediately hooked.
A childhood love of miniatures and dollhouses, combined with a lifelong interest in the natural sciences made her anthropomorphic rogue taxidermy style a perfect fit. She is based in Southern California.
She is an active member of MART, the Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists, and adheres to their ethical sourcing guidelines.
Erika Harada / Mori.Tori is a NYC-based artist who has been fascinated by nature all her life. It all started with catching insects and newts in the suburban woods of NJ and playing with frogs in her grandparents' property in southern Japan, which led to wildlife-focused travel and study in adulthood. Over time she has come to be intrigued by death and its role in the universe, a topic that is taboo to discuss but is ever-present in nature and plays a key part in life. Perhaps it is because of that that she has an interest in skulls and bones, and has amassed a large collection of animal skulls and taxidermy that she has created over nearly 10 years. Erika and her collection has been featured on the Science and Discovery Channel TV show, Oddities.
A graphic designer by day and an illustrator and jewelry maker by night, Erika wishes that every day had an extra ten hours and had two additional sets of arms so she could get everything done after taking care of her toddler daughter. Nonetheless she keeps it together, and manages to occasionally travel to far-off places as well.
Her more recent projects include incorporating Japanese folk magic into talismans and jewelry, and making electroform copper pieces with animal teeth and gemstone.
Jenn Cortes: There is a harmonious labor, of which we are not consciously aware, that exists within the system inside living beings as well as within the expansive, natural world. Each of us are a small element in the physical world. Our thoughts, emotions, failures, and successes are only a brief sigh in the timeline of the Earth. I focus on the small and hidden because I feel I am a very small speck in a very overwhelming universe. My artwork is an act of reflection. I enjoy being absorbed in every detail, as it serves as a meditation for myself.
Many of the artworks I make are about bringing the hidden to the forefront and shining a light on the miniscule. The subjects I select are embellished as a way to visually seduce the viewer. I adopt themes used in religious art and combine that with the precious nature of biological specimens. When I began making smaller works, I realized that they could be worn. Much like some jewelry, it is precious and alluring to the viewer and the wearer.