New Yorker Daisy Tainton has a pretty unique job; she's an insect preparator at the American Museum of Natural History, which essentially means that she catalogs and is in charge of the museum's many insect display pieces. But that's only her job during the day. When she gets home from her 9-5, Daisy's work with her little insect friends continues, and they become the centerpieces of her attention-grabbing artwork.
As we spotted over on Gothamist, the 36-year-old artist has mastered the art of what she calls "whimsical entomology," which is just about the perfect description for her unique brand of art. It was a part-time job at a small Upper West Side shop that taught Tainton how to manipulate and work with dead bugs, an unconventional skill set that has allowed for her to shine, as an artist. Through her art, she essentially brings dead bugs back to life, placing them into small-scale dioramas that give them human-like qualities that we don't often attribute bugs with having.
She often hosts classes that teach kids her unique process - which includes freezing, soaking, pinning and gluing - and her work can be seen on display at Brooklyn's Morbid Anatomy Museum. Head over to Daisy's Etsy shop to learn more, and even purchase select pieces!