Fuck You and the Horse You Rode in On
by Kelly McCallum



London-based taxidermy artist Kelly McCallum has created this new piece of work for a new exhibition at Sotheby's in London this week.


Entitled Fuck You and the Horse You Rode in On, the piece features a stuffed Victorian african grey crowned crane decorated with a saddle, gold-plated silver and pearls.


The piece features in the exhibition Small Show Huge Talent, which continues until 16 July.


See more work by McCallum in our previous story.


Here's a little text from McCallum:


'Fuck You and the Horse You Rode in On' (2009)
Victorian African Grey Crowned taxidermy crane
leather, suede, rabbit fur
18ct gold plate sterling silver, pearls

With this piece McCallum questions the Victorians’ relationship with exoticism and their attempt both to fetishise it and domesticate it. The title’s deliberate coarseness sits as uneasily with the stereotype of refined Victorian taste as does the saddle on the crane’s back. This beautiful, rare, bird is the perfect vehicle to displays the artist’s exquisite craftsmanship and choice of luxurious, even ostentatious materials.

Posted on Monday July 13th 2009 at 4:03 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Kelly,

    Further embellishment of this crane is needed. I feel that if you want to make the point of Victorian excess and exoticism, you should really over-do the ornamentation. I found the saddle on the bird to be more of an April Fool’s joke, like Norman Rockwell’s silly juxtapositions in his 1948 Saturday Evening Post Cover. I think the idea is interesting, it just needs to be taken much further. Nice work! I hope to see more rare and endangered animals showcased like this.

  • kk

    i hope she gives lil’ weezy credit for that title!

  • Indi

    or the Simpsons

  • jack the ripper

    i think i ' d look dashing with my top hat and tails riding that thing ..bravo !

  • tanya telford – T

    i think michael has made some fair points, to be honest though i also read this as a piece as a solute to indigenous people – i don’t know if im right.

  • Danie

    Kelly McCallum, please, I beg of you, give the grace of God a chance in your life. Language like that really does not do our world as it is any good.

  • Matt

    A flock of these and some midgets would make for a lovely afternoon polo match. Flamingoes as referees of course

  • Dan

    I’d like to see a “joust” version! Also, I agree with michael, take it all the way!

  • tanya telford – T

    for me, in order to try to understand this piece of work i had to look at some of her past work. I find the title very aggressive too (and its not something I would use nor promote but….. – i think, for me, because this work seems to try to tackle some very topical subjects (that) – i became ok with the title, (or) not ok with the title, maybe more – the title becomes part of the work.

  • jack the ripper

    the title is an outburst , a genuine emotional reaction, and thank god.

    don ‘ t know about you , but i get tired from time to time of this ” english” political correctness.

    no great movements ever came out of that ( think punk ) .

    Kelly expresses herself – good and so what.
    foul language, and birds, used with humour, can be inspiring. and this is a prime example.

    do we want to impose some censorship laws on Design ? or do we want them to conform to some rigid rules.

    are we reading Dezeen for that ?

    love from Jack.

  • zerocharisma

    sorry jack but the title is just a little embarassing. it doesn’t strike anything with me other than the fact that it is trying very hard to strike something. pretty forgettable.

    btw. punk was never a movement. it just happened.

  • tanya telford – T

    impose censorship laws on design? I actually think this work of hers is very brave, i do think sometimes though, on internet, things can get more easily misconstrued, especially with a strong title like that, that’s all.

  • xtiaan

    the title is a bit too im trying to be edgy and ironic…
    nice piece though.
    she seems to have lost something along the way though, her earlier work had much more emotional resonnace, this is just a lovely one one liner

  • squeed

    hmmmmm… quite reminiscent of sarinas work in taxidermy art…