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STUDY SKINS

Darbey’s Study Skins 2009 explores the darker side of natural history collections, and represents the intermediate stage of Darbey’s evolution from 2D drawing to her 3D “hollow drawings”.

Darbey’s “skins” are drawn from direct observation of taxidermy mounts augmented with heavy, sinewy lines of overlaid stitch. Contrary to the sense of animated life often seen in museum wildlife dioramas or in taxidermy mounts, Darbey’s birds are displayed as lifeless, unsettling and melancholic carcasses.

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Gallery Images by Andrew Stone. © Naseem Darbey 2014

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    KING FISHER Alcedo atthis // Machine stitched drawing on soluble Romeo // W: 16cm L: 53cm- with threads approx 110cm // 2009
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    WOODPECKER FAMILY // Dendrocopos major // Machine stitched drawing on soluble Romeo // W: 25cm L: 45cm - with threads approx 100cm // 2009
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    SABINE'S GULL Larus sabini // Machine stitched drawing on soluble Romeo // W: 15cm L: 65cm – with threads approx. 110cm // 2009
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    CHAFFINCH Fingilla Coelebs// Machine stitched drawing on soluble Romeo// W: 25cm L: 45cm- with threads 100cm // 2009
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    BLACK BIRD Turdus Merula // Machine stitched drawing on soluble Romeo// W: 48cm L: 50cm- with threads 110cm // 2009
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    WOODPECKER detail // Dendrocopos major // Machine stitched drawing on soluble Romeo // W: 60cm
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    MAGPIE Pica pica // Machine stitched drawing on soluble Romeo // W: 11cm L: 62cm – with threads approx 110cm // 2009
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    NIGHTJAR Goatsucker - Caprimulgus // Machine stitched drawing on soluble Romeo // W: 8cm L: 42cm with threads approx 90cm long // W: 12cm L: 38.5cm - with threads approx 90cm // 2009