(Above) North Woods Chimera: components; raccoon, wild turkey and pheasant.
(Above) Ebony Griffin: components; rooster, wildcat, turkey and antler spikes.
(Above) Mother’s Little Helper Monkey: components; monkey, wings of bird.
(Above) Der Wolpertinger: components; fox fangs, roe deer antlers, partridge wings, duck feet.
The Wolpertinger is a make-believe creature of German folklore, supposedly living in the alpine forests of Bavaria. It possesses the body parts of several common game animals; portrayed with wings, antlers, and fangs, all attached to the body of a small mammal. Stuffed Wolpertingers are common Bavarian Inn mascots, often displayed alongside real Black Forest taxidermy hunting trophies. Each village has its own set of tales about sightings of the Wolpertinger, however unlike other cryptoids (Bigfoot, Loch Ness monster, etc.) people don’t likely believe Wolpertingers actually exist – Wolpertingers hold the same place in German folklore as the Jackalope holds in the United States. Like the Jackalope, the Wolpertinger is thought to have been inspired by sightings of wild rabbits infected with the Shope papilloma virus which causes the growth of antler-like tumors in various places on the rabbit’s head and body. Wolpertinger mounts are staples in their native regions, but rarely appear in the United states or anywhere else outside their homeland. Constructed with all traditional animals components.
(Above) Ivory Griffin: components; rooster, wildcat, turkey.
(Above) Winged Bunny: components; newborn angora rabbit, dyed starling wings.
(Above) Punk Peep: dyed baby chick, two heads.
(Above) Felid Orthus: components; cats, bird wings, antlers, snake and claws of bird.
(Above) Winged Kitten: components; small cat and wings of bird.
None of the animals used in Brewer’s work were killed for the purpose of using them in her art. All animal components are recycled. She utilizes salvaged roadkill and discarded livestock, as well as the many animal materials that are donated to her. Donated animals are often casualties of the pet trade, destroyed nuisance animals and pests, or animals that died of natural causes. A very strict “waste not, want not” policy is adhered to in her studio - virtually every part of the animal is recycled in some manner.