Jessica Joslin’s Transformative Taxidermy

Lautrec print © Jessica Joslin art
Lautrec print © Jessica Joslin

It’s been almost a year since I was in the right place at the right time and got to check out Jessica Joslin‘s Hybrids at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in LA. I’d been following her work online, but as is often the case with visual art, Joslin’s incredibly detailed and ornate taxidermy is best viewed in person.

Ludwig & Gustav prints © Jessica Joslin art
Ludwig & Gustav prints © Jessica Joslin

Hybrids showcased Joslin’s circus-inspired pieces, essentially transforming the gallery space into one glorious curio cabinet. I’ve said it before: taxidermy is the new black. But this is, literally and figuratively, something else. Joslin’s sculptures are both whimsical and wistful, yet the bygone creatures still appear dignified and fresh. Maybe we should call her work: transformadermy (transforming the skin rather than the Greek “taxis,” which means “to arrange”)?

Hybrids by Jessica Joslin at La Luz de Jesus Gallery 2010
Hybrids by Jessica Joslin at La Luz de Jesus Gallery 2010

Joslin’s Hybrids seemed like the perfect post to take us into tonight for Halloween, so click through for a look back at the show through my lens. Some of the sculptures are still available for purchase here. If you’re priced out of an original piece, Joslin recently made giclee prints of Ludwig ($60), Gustav ($60) and Lautrec ($85). Each is limited to an edition of 50 signed and numbered prints available directly from the artist here.

Show me the Hybrids! Happy Halloween!

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