by Mareike Muller in New Art on Friday 20 December 2013

We usually think of bears as small toys to hug and play with, or to be afraid of when we go too deep into the woods. But thanks to artist Deborah Simon, we now can learn anatomy with them, too. In her series Flayed Bears, the artist creates anatomically correct bears by using faux fur, linen, embroidery floss, polymer clay, acrylic paint, glass, wire and a lot of foam.

With these sculpted around 22″ high animals, she is walking the line between taxidermy, toy and sculpture. Getting her knowledge through extensive research from museum collections, Simon pays a lot of attention to detail because ‘evolution has always held a particular fascination for her’. So bad news for kids, these bears are not for hugging; but good news for the hikers, you don’t have to be afraid of facing these ones out there.

One more interesting fact about her: In 1998, she designed the Beastie Boys single cover for their single, Hamster.