An art student used taxidermy animals to create a fantastic, Bible-inspired work of art that imagines how animals spent their last night on earth before humans were created.
Zoey Andreas, 24, from Croydon, London, used 28 animals that died of natural causes – including four foxes, two rabbits and a kitten – and placed them in a number of celebratory scenes.
The final year art student was inspired by the creation story in Genesis, particularly the sixth day that God created terrestrial animals and then humans.
But Zoey imagines how things might have turned out if the animals had tried to intervene to prevent the creation of humans – and had a party in the process.
Art student used taxidermy animals to create a fantastic, Bible-inspired work of art that imagines how animals spent their last night on earth before humans were created
Weasel enjoys a drink while relaxing in a martini glass after Zoey takes inspiration from the Bohemian Grove, Calif. Men’s club frequented by US presidents
All of the animals were made by Zoey and ethically sourced – meaning they either died naturally or were killed on the road – and she placed two hares relaxing in a crib.
The animals are presented at a rowdy social gathering, complete with cake, tea, booze, and decorations.
The work of student Goldsmiths, titled The Garden of Eden, is on display at the BA Art and History of Art fair at the University of London from June 17-22.
Zoey explained, “The house I created is a world for animals, before humans were created by God, with the mindset of the happy life that animals would have if humans weren’t. not at all created.
“In space, animals converse and plan to change God’s mind about his so-called great idea to create the human species.”
The BA Art final year student has been a lifelong animal lover and created the scene showing a squirrel burying a cupcake at the party
Zoey Andreas, 24, from Croydon, London, used deceased animals for her exhibition titled Garden of Eden at the University of London BA Art and History of Art Degree Show
To create the whimsical multimedia installation, Zoey was inspired by fairy tales, Alice in Wonderland and Willy Wonka.
It also refers to the Bohemian Grove gentlemen’s club in California which was frequented by US presidents.
In one scene, a weasel enjoys a drink while relaxing in a martini glass, while hares relax in a crib. Elsewhere, a squirrel slips into a cupcake and foxes appear in a heated discussion around a table.
Other animals used include two squirrels, woodcock, grouse, rabbits, moles, ducks, hares, rat, weasel, toad and frog.
The project also uses land, wood, painting, sculpture, collage and plants.
Garden of Eden, which Zoey describes as a ‘dubious idea of paradise’, shows foxes appearing to have a heated discussion around a table
Animals have fun on miniature play equipment the day before humans are created on the sixth day, as described in the Book of Genesis
All of the taxidermy animals were made by Zoey and ethically sourced, meaning they died naturally or killed on the road, rather than being intentionally hunted.
The final year BA Art student is a A lifelong animal lover and learned how to do taxidermy after her sister gave her a class voucher as a Christmas present.
She continued: “A lot of time and planning went into the installation, including collecting used and recycled materials.
“I do my taxidermy at home, mostly on the dining room table. I started to migrate to the kitchen and the garden towards the end because I was running out of space.
“You need to have access to water to wash the skins after and it can be messy, so it’s convenient to do it at home.
“The family environment inspired the warm and family atmosphere of the facility. I love the taxidermy process, seeing animals transform after being cleaned, washed and presented… it gives them new life. ‘
Zoey said she created the scene to show the happy life animals lived before humans and that she wanted to show them that she was talking about “trying to change God’s mind” on creating people.