So for my Art and Society class I have to do presentation and a paper on some variety of art. I chose to do rogue taxidermy since I find it rather interesting, and I figured it would be something a little different to what everyone else is doing. What I'm hoping to do here is stimulate a bit of discussion; I want to know what you, as varying level of taxidermists, think of 'rogue' taxidermy. Feel free to disagree, rant and rave, argue with one another or whatever you please. All I ask for is an of opinion of some form. According to wikipedia rogue taxidermy "is the creation of stuffed animals which do not have real, live counterparts... The term "Rogue Taxidermy" was introduced by the Minneapolis, MN based group, The Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists (or M.A.R.T.) in October 2004. It was first coined by M.A.R.T. founders Sarina Brewer, Scott Bibus, and Robert Marbury. The term first appeared in print in a New York Times article about the group's debut exhibition on January 3, 2005.  Since that time its definition has become more general, referring to many types of taxidermy that do not fall under the trade of it." I'm going with the latter definition. But I'm curious as to how you define it as well. Now for some of the actual rogue taxidermy. http://www.troyabbott.com/EnriqueGomezDeMolina.html Enrique Gomez DeMolina. He works with the more 'traditional' sense of rogue taxidermy, making fantastical and in some cases whimsical creatures. http://www.angelasinger.com/ Angela Singer. She takes old mounts and well... I'll just copy a small bit from a writing about her (these can be viewed on her site via 'writings') "Some artists, like Angela Singer, deliberately use taxidermy to open up wounds and exhibit the damage done to animals in effecting their apparent rescue from time." http://www.idiots.nl/ "The artistic partnership of Afke Golsteijn and Floris Bakker, who collectively are better known as Idiots, present us with a unique body of work, characterized by the use of animal material exquisitely sculpted into natural positions and combined seamlessly with rich materials such as embroidery and pearls. " http://pollymorgan.co.uk/ Polly Morgan, whose website I unfortunately cannot view due to the computers in my dorm lobby being absolutely terrble. http://zhon.deviantart.com/ Ashlee, who does regular taxidermy work and the occasional costume. http://crappytaxidermy.com/ is a good place to see a bunch of the stuff. As the name suggests.. Some of it is really terrible taxidermy. Some is rouge. It's really a big mishmash of taxidermy stuff that's pretty neat. These are just a few. There are many more, creating what they do for a plethora of reasons. So, I ask you: How do you define these body of works? How do they make you feel as a taxidermist? Do you think they impact taxidermy negatively ? Do they disrespect yourself (as a taxidermist) or the animal? Are these all that different from the raccoons in novelty shops doing various silly things? Have you ever done any 'rogue' taxidermy yourself? Do you consider taxidermy to be an art or a craft? Annd that's all I can think of at the moment. Feel free to say anything that's on your mind about it. It'll help a lot with my paper/presentation. Thanks!