Emily Harris: Painted Skulls

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Emily Harris lives on a little hobby farm in Tennessee. She loves all forms of art as well as history, hiking, watching scary movies with her dog, and skulls.

She found her first skull when I she about eight years old. It was a little groundhog skull which she found out in the woods and was completely fascinated by it. She carried it home and set it up on a shelf with some fossils and other knick knacks that she had collected and ever since then skull collecting has been something of an obsession.

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A few years ago she decided to try painting on skulls. Having been an artist all her life, Emily had been to school and got a Bachelor’s in Commercial Illustration, and she discovered that painting on these unique canvases was something that she found really rewarding. She explains – “I’m always dragging home roadkill to clean or finding bones out in woods, pastures, and creeks. I also get a lot of them from hunters, farmers, and taxidermists that would in many cases just be throwing them away otherwise. So it’s a strange and cool way to recycle and use every part of an animal that has been killed and keep it from being wasted.”

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She believes that skulls and bones are natural works of art all on their own, and prefers to paint damaged ones and give them a new “life.”¬†Each skull she works with goes through a thorough cleaning process before paint ever touches it. She cleans them through a process called maceration or by using flesh eating dermestid beetles. Then they are degreased and whitened and before she begins slinging paint!

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She describes her art as “a lot of hard and sometimes rather grotesque work but I enjoy every minute of it!”

Her painted skulls as well as other macabre curiosities from the natural world can be purchased in her Etsy shop!

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