The Art of Darkness

Canary Suicides

June 24th, 2014 by Cobwebs

Canary SuicideThe Canary Suicides (a.k.a. “Tiny Demises”) are a series of assemblage pieces by artist/taxidermist Catherine Coan. They’re macabre little dioramas featuring suicidal canaries, and each contains “money, a suicide note, a pet owned by the resident canary, and unique surprises.”

They’re marvelously detailed, with loads of miniatures setting the scene, each housed in a vintage-y birdcage which complements the interior. (The canaries, incidentally, while real, are birds which have died of natural causes, obtained from a reliable breeder.) One of my favorites is Contact, which tells a whole story with just a few details.

There are a few pieces in the gallery still for sale, and she also does commissions. There’s no mention of pricing, so I have no idea how much of a splurge a dead canary of your very own might be.

Coan also has a Facebook page where she shares lots of amusing stuff, including some of her non-canary taxidermy. I adore her You Are Unique in All the World hyrax.

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  1. xJane Says:

    I find it difficult to believe that a bird managed to hang itself. That said, the hyrax is awesome—one of these days, I shall own a Wolpertinger!!

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