Sarina Brewer took her preoccupations with art and science as a child and made it her occupation as an adult. One can see and appreciate Sarina’s gift in her art of rogue taxidermy. This naturalist artist has been working and creating with animal remains for decades. She is deeply respectful of animals and nature. Spending much of her childhood outdoors, Brewer began collecting historical objects, became preoccupied with mythology, anomalies of nature and funerary rituals, including her own shrines created for the final resting places for dead sparrows and pet goldfish who were lavished with elaborate funerals upon their passing during her childhood. These interests were elemental in her art from an early age. In the years to follow, her preoccupations morphed into her occupation, that is now her present body of work.
Much skill, precision and sensitivity is involved in her pieces. They are created with honor, homage and appreciation. She is fascinated with the circle of life and intrigued with how different cultures honor their dead and deal with death. And I might add a touch of the chimerical.
Immortalizing loved ones (be they animals or humans) by preserving their remains or creating sentimental remembrances out of their body parts does not sit well with the majority of western society, yet such practices have been the norm in many cultures throughout history and still are to this day. From primitive cultures to the Victorian age and now in our contemporary society, this type of veneration still exists. She makes her point of the relativity of reverence.
Sarina deals with death, in what is considered by many, to be in an unconventional manner. She does not view a dead animal as disgusting or offensive. She feels that all creatures exhibit beauty in death as well as in life and breathes new life into them by creating them in her works of art.
Brewer uses only ethically procured animal materials. She is a strong proponent of wildlife conservation who also participates in wildlife rescue and rehabilitation. No animals are killed for the purpose of creating her art. All animal materials used in her work would have been discarded by others if she had not salvaged them. She utilizes legally collected roadkill, animals that died of natural causes, causalities of the pet trade, destroyed nuisance animals that are donated to her, and discarded livestock and wild game remnants.
She believes wasting any part of an animal is disrespectful to Mother Nature, so out of respect for the animal, Sarina adheres to a strict “waste not, want not” policy in her studio. Virtually every part of the animal is recycled in some manner.
Artist Sarina Brewer has carved out a unique niche for herself in the art world by the incorporating her formal art education with her passion for biology and the bizarre. We are so excited that her preoccupation led to her occupation.
At the present Sarina Brewers work is occupying a special place in our gallery. We are honored to have Brewer’s artistic pieces, as her fanciful composite beasts are sought after by discerning collectors from all over the world, including pieces residing at the Geneva Museum of Natural History in Switzerland and Oceanopolis Cultural Centre in Brittany France. She is considered one of the most preeminent and influential artists working within this genre.
Art can agree with you or disagree. It can be unquestionable or a subject of controversy. At Lovetts Gallery, a part of our mission is to expose, educate and arouse. We appreciate the artistic work of Sarina Brewer, the mastery and expertise that goes into her creations. We hope you see the beauty that we see in her work. Now that you understand Sarina and her artistic expressions better, you owe it to yourself to see it for yourself.
WELCOME TO THE IMAGINATION SARINA BREWER
Note: Rogue Taxidermy: A genre of pop-surrealist art characterized by mixed media sculptures containing conventional taxidermy related materials used in an unconventional manner.