I have always been fascinated by science, mythology, and the significance of context in our relationships with animals. After graduating with a BFA from Pratt Institute and working as a designer, my work naturally transitioned from wearable leather sculpture to taxidermy. With both self and professional training, I work as a professional taxidermist in Brooklyn, serving New York City and beyond. My work has won awards in both traditional and alternative taxidermy competitions, including a Best in Show and Best in Category at the 2015 Garden State Taxidermists Show and Competition. As a taxidermist in residence at the http://morbidanatomymuseum.org in Brooklyn, NY, I teach taxidermy classes nationally and internationally. Whether you are looking for a particular mount, to memorialize a pet, preserve a specimen, or commission something a little different, I’m happy to be at your service. I believe there is no line between taxidermist and artist-they’re one and the same, and I hope to share my passion for wildlife with you. Let’s explore that liminal space between art, science, life, death.
Any animal parts used in my work are legally and ethically obtained and professionally sanitized and preserved. Everything is put to good use, and nothing goes wasted or unloved. (Please read the ethical sourcing tab for more information.) As an animal lover and member of the GSTA (Garden State Taxidermists Association), this is incredibly important to me.
Wilder Duncan is a Brooklyn-based artist whose work puts a modern-day spin on the genre of Vanitas still life. Although formally trained as a realist painter at Wesleyan University, he has had a lifelong passion for, and interest in, natural history. Self-taught rogue taxidermist and professional specimen preparator, Wilder worked for several years at The Evolution Store creating, repairing, and restoring objects of natural historical interest such as taxidermy, fossils, seashells, minerals, insects, tribal sculptures, and articulated skeletons both animal and human. In addition to teaching bat skeleton workshops, Wilder works part time creating new exhibitions at the American Museum of Natural History and also performs work for private collectors, giving a new life to old mounts, and new smiles to toothless skulls. His website is www.wilderduncan.com, and his Instagram handle is @wilderduncan