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           ESODERMY


Living organisms are an engineering marvel, their interiors equally as magnificent as their exteriors. Brewer creates this variety of work to showcase the under-appreciated splendor of internal anatomy as well as a form of complete recycling. She adheres to a strict  "waste not, want not" policy in her studio and uses virtually every part of the animal in some manner. The carcasses are permanently preserved through a special process and fixed in rigid poses. She coined the term “Esodermy” to describe this preservation process. (cont. below)

Esodermy utilizes the parts of an animal that are discarded in the traditional taxidermy process yet presents them in life-like poses that mimic  traditional taxidermy. When creating a modern taxidermy mount the skeleton of the animal is not used – The skin is removed and the carcass is thrown-out. After the skin has been tanned it's positioned over a rigid armature that replicates the animal's body. The skin is then teased into place before it's sewn together around the armature. The word "taxidermy" describes that process;  "taxi" means “to move”, "dermy" refers to the dermis, a layer of the skin.  The literal translation of the word taxidermy is "to move skin”. Apart from a play on words ("eso" referring to "esoteric") Brewer uses the word Esodermy because it mirrors the way the word taxidermy translates – "eso" means “within”, and "dermy" refers to the skin. The literal translation of Esodermy is "within skin".


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