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Behold: 30 Hauntingly Beautiful Pieces of Taxidermy Decor

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When done wrong, taxidermy art and decor can be really, really, really abysmal, not to mention the unfortunate butt of a larger joke about, say, having questionable taste in interior design. But when created and curated with intellect, the practice has the potential to transcend preservation and conquest to become the fancy stuff that makes art, well, art. For instance, British artist Charlotte Winter, who created "Nature Morte," the framed owl piece above, says her prefered mediums, photography and taxidermy, are both "the manifestation of the intense human desire to possess, control and preserve the natural world and prevent that which once lived from decaying into nothingness." All right, enough chatter: onward to the gallery.

· All Taxidermy Coverage [Curbed National]