Wednesday, September 15, 2021, 1:00 pm
In conjunction with The Nature of the Beast
Join professional taxidermist, and founder of Gotham Taxidermy, Divya Anantharaman for a live, online taxidermy restoration demonstration.
A unique combination of science and style, Divya Anantharaman is New York City's premiere taxidermist. An award-winning licensed professional preserving animals with honor and compassion, she was awarded 2019 Best of Category Professional Division for both Birds and Mammals at the New England Taxidermy Championships, took second place in the Professional division at the 2017 World Taxidermy Championships, and is the coauthor of the book Stuffed Animals: A Modern Guide to Taxidermy. Her expertise is with birds, small mammals, and anatomic anomalies, with a select number of commissions open for pets. Her work seeks to combine the demonstrative aspect of scientific presentation with the symbolic, introspective nature of art. In addition to running her own business, she also works at the esteemed studio of George Dante, which specializes in museum taxidermy. Here, her passion for nature grows through helping preserve animals for future generations. She is also a board member of the New England Association of Taxidermists and Garden State Taxidermy Association. Her clients include museums, art galleries, celebrities, and private collectors, though she genuinely enjoys demystifying taxidermy for newbies through workshops and lectures. In her commitment to conservation, she regularly works with various organizations like the Audubon Society. All animal parts are legally and sustainably obtained.