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Deborah Simon
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Gowanus



ARTIST STATEMENT: My work walks the line between taxidermy, toy and sculpture. Each sculpture is meticulously fabricated to create an unnervingly accurate but slightly off version of the natural animal. Evolution has always held a particular fascination for me, informing how I create and group the animals in my work. As Iíve read and dug through museum collections to research my pieces, western scienceís mania for labeling, codifying and collecting has stood out. More so, we categorize animals in two ways; scientifically and emotionally. Despite all of our effort to map out how life evolved, carefully defining orders and families, we still by and large judge animals by an irrational system of emotional morality. Most of all the sculptures deal with vulnerability. A stuffed bear is the enduring toy of childhood. The fierce predator declawed and defanged to become a childís beloved friend and sense of security. The pieces explore the tension between the reality of the animal and the vulnerability imbued in toy; the wild and the tame, the beautiful and grotesque.
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  • Ursus maritimus
    2012
    polymer clay, faux fur, linen, embroidery floss, acrylic paint, glass, wire and foam

  • Ursus maritimus
    2012
    polymer clay, faux fur, linen, embroidery floss, acrylic paint, glass, wire and foam

  • Ursus americanus
    2013
    polymer clay, faux fur, linen, embroidery floss, acrylic paint, glass, wire and foam

  • Ursus americanus
    2013
    polymer clay, faux fur, linen, embroidery floss, acrylic paint, glass, wire and foam

  • Ursus americanus
    2013
    polymer clay, faux fur, linen, embroidery floss, acrylic paint, glass, wire and foam
    Detail of hand embroidered spine.

  • Ursus americanus, Standing
    2015
    polymer clay, faux fur, linen, embroidery floss, acrylic paint, glass, wire and foam

  • Ursus americanus, Standing
    2015
    polymer clay, faux fur, linen, embroidery floss, acrylic paint, glass, wire and foam

  • Ursus americanus, Standing
    2015
    polymer clay, faux fur, linen, embroidery floss, acrylic paint, glass, wire and foam
    Detail of hand embroidered heart and lungs.

  • Flayed Rabbit: Albino
    2016
    polymer clay, faux fur, linen, embroidery floss, acrylic paint, glass, wire and foam

  • Flayed Rabbit: Albino, side view
    2016
    polymer clay, faux fur, linen, embroidery floss, acrylic paint, glass, wire and foam

  • Flayed Rabbit: Cottontail
    2016
    polymer clay, faux fur, linen, embroidery floss, acrylic paint, glass, wire and foam

  • Flayed Rabbit: Cottontail, back view
    2016
    polymer clay, faux fur, linen, embroidery floss, acrylic paint, glass, wire and foam

  • Flayed Rabbit; Albino with Nerves
    2017
    polymer clay, faux fur, linen, embroidery floss, acrylic paint, glass, wire and foam

  • Flayed Rabbit; Albino with Nerves
    2017
    polymer clay, faux fur, linen, embroidery floss, acrylic paint, glass, wire and foam

  • Sketch Wall
    On going
    acrylic on paper, emboidery on linen

  • Ailuropoda melanoleuca:, Sketch of proposed bear
    2015
    acrylic on paper

  • Ailuropoda melanoleuca: Maquette
    2015
    polymer clay, acrylic paint
    I usually make a painted maquette of each sculpture before I begin carving in foam and embroidering.

  • Beaded Intestine Sample
    2016
    linen, embroidery floss, and glass beads

  • Flayed Rabbit: Albino, Sketch
    2016
    acrylic on paper

  • Flayed Rabbit, maquette
    2016
    polymer clay, acrylic paint
 








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