My interest in taxidermy animals can be traced to my first job after college, working for an architect in NYC, where I was tasked with measuring and drawing the entire floor plans of the American Museum of Natural History. Our escort for the fieldwork at the museum was a lifelong employee who knew every room in the massive complex of buildings which make up the AMNH. He guided us through the labyrinth of back offices and laboratories, unlocking storage room doors and cabinets, revealing the hidden collections of birds, mammals, fish and other specimens located in the various departments throughout the museum. The number of specimens on display in the public areas is a small fraction of the amount held in storage.
This experience hooked me in a way that I didn't fully realize until more recent visits to natural history museums. I was immediately drawn to the taxidermy animals. I was attracted by these strange objects, which used to be animals. They are objects of memory, remembering their origins, shaped and colored by their environment, now standing in as models for their species.