It's all on the surface.

This site is about skin. What we see when we look at the bodies of animals, including humans. On this site, I look at images of taxidermy, drawing on the rich archive of specimens that reside in Natural History museum collections, Art Galleries and in social spaces (that include the window of my local wine bar). I also look at humans in the life class. Both taxidermy and nude models raise questions about what we are looking at. Can we see the animal or the human subject just by looking at the surface or is there some essence that lies beneath the skin?

When we record the appearances of animals (including humans), what do we represent? What are we trying to say with them or about them? The panels below give just three examples of the way taxidermy is used to represent human values.