In the art of taxidermy gesture is paramount, hence for jeweller, taxidermist and vegan Julia deVille, the most considered aspect of creation is composing her subjects to find a balance between pathos, humour and dignified realism.
Driven by a strong commitment to animal rights, deVille’s sculptural assemblages belie the heroic, trophy-hunting culture associated with mounting dead animals. In a form of gentle protest she combines precious gems and metals with antique ‘ready-mades’ to challenge our disregard for, and consumption of, both wild and domesticated fauna.
Drawing on Renaissance, Baroque and Victorian aesthetics and ideas, deVille creates contemporary ‘memento mori’ that raise our curiosity through the use of paradoxical processes and materials. While all deVille’s creatures have died a natural death, they live on as beautiful and compelling allegories, begging a reflection on our symbiotic but decidedly unequal relationship with the animal world and our cavalier disregard for mortality in general.