Contact Info

Acataphasia Grey
710 S Cushman Ave
Tacoma WA 98405-3625

206 291 4594

acataphasia.grey@gmail.com

www.morbidtendencies.com
www.facebook.com/acataphasia

About the Artist

Acataphasia Grey would like to say that she was raised by wolves, but in reality she was raised under a rock. Face-down. Growing up in Australia, where for some time her best friend was, in fact, a tree, she was the only person in her class to get the gestation period of humans wrong…by three months. After failing to be killed by a startling array of animals (and one plant), she moved back to the US, where she moved up in the world, as evidenced by her new high-school best friend, a 2,000-pound boar named Maynard. Eventually she realized that you really can quit your day job and make art if you are willing to mostly live in other people’s basements and are good with plants.

Her first love and enduring art theme is animals: from the Mutant Stuffed Animal Of The Month Club founded by Neil Gaiman in 2002 to her “dry” taxidermy work, she simply adores them and doesn’t stop adoring them just because they have died. Her friends know to text her with roadkill locations, ask before throwing out a perfectly good rat or mouse, and often bring her their pets when the latter die. She considers herself blessed.

Random Facts
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Cat Grey

Personal Favorite Quotes about Cat

Richard Garfield: “This is the funniest thing I’ve ever seen.”

Spaceworks Tacoma: “…an air of twisted opulence… Grey glides like a changeling between the self-created worlds and time periods she inhabits.”

Alec Clayton, The Weekly Volcano (Tacoma): “Acataphasia Grey may be the strangest and most fascinating artist in Tacoma.”

—By the way, while that’s a lovely compliment, I wouldn’t say I’m the most fascinating artist in Tacoma…but I’ll take “strangest” gladly.

some random drunk guy in New Orleans on New Year’s Eve 2000–2001: “Oh my god, these are REAL!—guys, guys, these are real!”

Shows and Expositions

  • The End-of-the-World Ball (21 December 2012) in the Gothic Ballroom at the Tacoma Landmark
  • donated deep-sea dragon to Cakewalk for Spaceworks Tacoma, September 2012
  • BKB Space, Tacoma, May 2012
  • The Light Installation (multimedia), Tacoma, February 2012
  • Spaceworks installation “Tea for Short Expectations,” Tacoma, March–May 2011
  • Kiln Mistress (volunteer) at Tacoma Art Place 2011–2012
  • solo show at the Vogue, Seattle, 1990s
  • Lower Columbia Community College Alumni Art Show, Longview, 1990s
  • Conventions:
    • RustyCon—showed in art gallery
    • NorWesCon—showed in gallery, plus performance art (not including the cheeseball incident)
    • OryCon—showed in gallery
    • DreamCon—showed in gallery
    • World Horror Con—panelist, showed in gallery, plus unintended performance art
    • WorldCon—performance art
    • Dragon Con—performance art
    • San Diego Comic-Con—performance art while wounded
    • CostumeCon—panelist

Photographs

NOTE: Photos are shown at half size; click for larger view. For print-quality copies, please email Mark Ellis Walker.

Caption: Acataphasia Grey before her morning espresso

Credit: Mark Ellis Walker

Acataphasia Grey before her morning espresso

Caption: Acataphasia Grey at work

Credit: Mark Ellis Walker

Acataphasia Grey at work

Caption: The Black Horse, by Acataphasia Grey

Credit: Acataphasia Grey

The Black Horse, by Acataphasia Grey

Caption: Acataphasia Grey in character

Credit: Mark Ellis Walker

Acataphasia Grey in character

Caption: Hangin’ In Tatters, by Acataphasia Grey

Credit: photo courtesy of Acataphasia Grey

Hangin’ In Tatters, by Acataphasia Grey

Caption: Acataphasia Grey

Credit: photo courtesy of Acataphasia Grey

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Caption: Acataphasia Grey

Credit: London Lewis

Acataphasia Grey

Caption: Acataphasia Grey

Credit: Mark Ellis Walker

Acataphasia Grey

Caption: Heads Up Ball II, by Acataphasia Grey

Credit: photo courtesy of Acataphasia Grey

Heads Up Ball II, by Acataphasia Grey

Caption: Acataphasia Grey

Credit: Mike West

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Caption: Sirius, by Acataphasia Grey

Credit: photo courtesy of Acataphasia Grey

Sirius, by Acataphasia Grey

Caption: The Black Horse, by Acataphasia Grey

Credit: AMC TV

The Black Horse, by Acataphasia Grey

Caption: Acataphasia Grey before her morning espresso

Credit: Mark Ellis Walker

Acataphasia Grey before her morning espresso

Caption: Frankensquirrel, by Acataphasia Grey

Credit: Acataphasia Grey

Frankensquirrel, by Acataphasia Grey

Caption: Acataphasia Grey

Credit: London Lewis

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Caption: Robert, the Best Dead Cat in the Whole World, by Acataphasia Grey

Credit: photo courtesy of Acataphasia Grey

Robert, the Best Dead Cat in the Whole World, by Acataphasia Grey

Caption: Africa, by Acataphasia Grey

Credit: Acataphasia Grey

Africa, by Acataphasia Grey

Caption: A critter drawn by Acataphasia Grey

Credit: Acataphasia Grey

A critter drawn by Acataphasia Grey

Caption: Icon, by Acataphasia Grey

Credit: photo courtesy of Acataphasia Grey

Icon, by Acataphasia Grey

Caption: Scissormane (a.k.a. Edward), by Acataphasia Grey

Credit: Mark Ellis Walker

Scissormane (a.k.a. Edward) by Acataphasia Grey—February 2013

Caption: An unfortunate animal by Acataphasia Grey

Credit: photo courtesy of Acataphasia Grey

An unfortunate animal by Acataphasia Grey

Caption: Heads Up Ball, by Acataphasia Grey

Credit: Acataphasia Grey

Heads Up Ball, by Acataphasia Grey

Caption: An unstaged photo of one spot in Acataphasia Grey’s house

Credit: photo courtesy of Acataphasia Grey

An unstaged photo of one spot in Acataphasia Grey’s house

Media Coverage

No Bones About It: Tacoma “Rogue Taxidermist” Getting National Attention

The News Tribune (Tacoma)

“Rogue taxidermist” from Tacoma to appear on reality show

Tacoma KOMO

Artist Acataphasia Grey to be “Immortalized” on television

The Weekly Volcano (Tacoma)

A Tainted Tea

Spaceworks Tacoma

A Tea Party Radical

Spaceworks Tacoma