Prey is the private studio of Los Angeles-based taxidermist, Allis Markham (pronounced 'Alice'). She believes that no part of nature should go to waste. Her specimens are collected or purchased legally after natural or unavoidable death, hunted for sustenance or are non-native/ nuisance animals; these deaths are not related to the art. Nor are any of her specimens captive reared in small pens. She discloses each animal's origins to the student or buyer and welcomes each person to act according to their own ethical standards.
Allis strives to create taxidermy that is biologically accurate, structurally sound and preserved for all time. Each piece is custom created with premium materials and is rigorously cleaned and/or tanned to museum quality standards.
Allis attended the Advanced Taxidermy Training Center in Montana and has trained for several years under Master Taxidermist Tim Bovard at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles -- where she is proud to retain a staff position.
Dog rescue and fostering are also a big part of Allis' life. She has fostered dozens of dogs in the last few years and has found every one of them a loving home. See her furry friends here.
Photo by Logan White for Bloomberg Business Week 2014