NJ artist gives new life to the dead and discarded
Sue Moerder, owner of Moerder Tattoos & Gallery in Hammonton, talks about her unique art that blends animal skulls and discarded man-made objects. Adam Monacelli/Courier-Post, Cherry Hill Courier-Post
HAMMONTON - Sue Moerder, owner of Moerder Tattoos & Gallery in Hammonton, gives new life to the dead and discarded with what she refers to as "skull assemblage art" that blends animal bones and discarded man-made objects.
A large part of Moerder's creations marry deer skulls with various items that she hunts down at antique stores and yard sales. She's even found items to use on the side of the road.
"I love the combination of using the natural coloration of skulls and mixing it with rusty industrial textures." says Moerder. "It's similar to putting together a big puzzle."
Unique pieces in her gallery include lamps, chandeliers, clocks, mirrors and wall hangings.
Moerder had the desire to share some of her shop space to promote the works of local tattoo artists and is now celebrating three years with a dedicated art gallery within her studio. She features a different local tattoo artist every seven weeks.
Moerder says it's hard to let go of some of her art because she loves each completed piece.
"It's sad but I know they are going to good homes and it's always nice to see people get excited about my work."
Moerder tattoos Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 8pm and encourages the public to visit her gallery located at 320, 12th Street in Hammonton. For additional information visit moerdertattoos.com.
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