The Late Fauna of Early North America by Scott Musgrove
In this book, The Late Fauna of Early North America, Scott Musgrove unearths previously undiscovered animals through a dedicated + scientifically un-approved practice of zoological impressionism. A lonestar in the field, he ventures where the gray-maned, khaki-clad, anthropologists with ivory walking sticks have not. Tunneling beneath freeways + ditch-combing along the rough borders of American mini-malls, in search of undiscovered +, up to this point, at least, extinct animals. The Late Fauna of Early North America features lush, highly detailed landscapes + up-close encounters with all manner of strange + beautiful creatures. Full color reproductions of his paintings abound, including unique antique frames, custom gold engraved nameplates, carved wooden sculptures, watercolors, ink drawings, + pencil renderings from the field. Scott’s unorthodoxed research methods combined with his unmatched facility with paint + color result in a fascinating survey of what might have been in North America, if not for the invasion of pernicious settlers. Scott restores these beasts to life in his studio, stretching + stapling carpet scraps across ribs + skulls. With the help of a glue gun, a needle + thread, Scott sews + sculpts until the Harry Brook Trout or the Dwarf Basket Horse is finally staring back at him. Then + only then, does Scott attempt to paint them back into their pristine, natural environment. Scott brings these wild idols, relics + bio-wonders back to life + legitimacy in this handsome volume. Hardcover. 160 pages.