The Others

Meet The Others: Elle Kaye

The Game Changers. The Rule Breakers. The Innovators. Discover some of the fantastic emerging talent showcasing their work at The Other Art Fair.

Taxidermist Elle Kaye is one of a kind, especially at The Other Art Fair. In a fine art world full of paintings and photographs, Elle’s career is lead by her love of animals and conservation. Read on below to find out more about Elle Kaye’s work and her experience at The Other Art Fair.

How would you describe your artwork?

A modern translation of taxidermy. My mounts remain traditional, but I try to contextualize my work within a fine art context, which sets taxidermy in a new age. I also feel that being a woman has lent my work to a more feminine and minimalistic approach, I love interior design, so I always try to place my work and my ideas within the confides of styles of different rooms. It’s important I execute a clean style, which helps to best show off the animals. They are so incredible, their colors and markings, too much fuss might seek to distract.

What does making art mean to you?

Well, its devotion now. I’ve always wanted to work with animals, although I wanted to become a vet; my talent was as a craftsman. Doing what I do now, means I can do my service to animals, whilst hopefully giving them the dignity they deserve. Having so much compassion makes my job extraordinarily rewarding, and at times, emotional. I feel fulfilled as a taxidermist.

How did you get started making art?

It was encouraged whilst I went through school. I tried to put my emphasis on academic subjects but I always found my fingers gravitating towards pencils and drawing murals of animals down the side of my maths book.

What is it like to be a part of The Other Art Fair?

For me, it’s like a family. Being a taxidermist is quite insular and I work out in the countryside in a unit on a farm, so I’m not exposed to the throng of the art world on a regular basis. Returning to exhibit is like visiting a place from your childhood. I get all those nostalgic and warming qualities of familiarity and comfort, it’s lovely.

What is your favorite piece for sale on your Saatchi Art profile and why?

My peacocks. They ooze majesty. The colors are something else.

Elle Kaye, ‘Taxidermy Indian Blue Short Tailed Peacock Wall Mount’, 39 H x 11.8 W x 13 in, $1,267

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