Fox Ancestory Series

Nesting v.2019

Hello everyone!

St Apollonia

Fox Skull, Victorian era dress remnants, antique jewels, relics from Salzburg’s castle, quartz crystal, antique rosary beads, antique lace, mixed media

It’s been 5 years between posts, I can’t believe it! How did that happen? I don’t even know how to catch up on that…. I certainly seem to have been so busy that I’ve obviously been quite neglectful!

So, I guess, “Highlights!”

Some of the highlights from the past   ∞ h a l f   a   d e c a d e ∞   include:

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not bought *almost* my entire collection, and distributed my pieces into their museums in Asia, Canada, USA and Australia, for permanent public display.  So if you happen to travel and visit their museums, please send me pictures of my work if you see it! They also included my Kitsune in their Odd Is Art Book and I’m beyond stoked at this.

I have attended a few Fairs: The Rites Of Passage Festival, The Endangered Skills Show and the The Other Art Fair where I sold many pieces and connected with some lovely people.  I have also done a few group shows between the Fairs.

Personally, I moved house and studios (twice!) and worked with Rest In Pieces, a taxidermy workshop company. I made a book and a 2019 calendar (both sold out now), and I’ve made a LOT of foxes and domes, too numerous to mention, in a few differing styles, of which my favourite, St Apollonia, is pictured above.

At this moment I’m happily nesting and preparing for new exhibitions and projects for the new year ≤2020≥, and have been updating my website with current information, some of the artworks that have come and gone (while I blinked), and others that I have currently available for purchase.

I am also creating fox head-dresses, keep an eye out for those, if you fancy going about town á la mode. I’ll be experimenting with new ideas and will be working with my favourite animals, CATS!

Please get in touch if you are interested in anything and follow me on Instagram for the latest updates: @lucia.mocnay (I’ve changed my name a few times there though I am proud to say I have not had a 5 year hiatus). Those posts also get forwarded to my Art Account on Facebook: @luciamocnay so you can catch up there. And, I am in the process of updating my mailing list so subscribe there if you please, for direct info to your inbox.

Thanks so much for the ongoing support and I hope to see you all at a show, or find you connecting in the online world very soon 🙂

Much love!

∴♥⊇ Lucia ⊆♥∴




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Mythologia Opens this Wednesday!


Hi all,

Just a reminder, this Wednesday is the launch of our new exhibition!

I hope you can make it along to celebrate the art of ‘Mythologia’

WHERE: Melbourne City Library – Flinders Lane right near Degraves st.

LAUNCH: Wednesday 7th December 6pm-7.45pm

OPEN: December 2nd – January 9th 2017.

WHO: Animatronic sculptural artist James Cattell, photographic artist Aglaia Bolis, and myself, Anthropomorphic taxidermy artist, Lucia Mocnay.

There will be a few surprises on the night.

We really hope you can make it along!

x Lucia

Fox Ancestory Series, Opening Nights

Mythologia Exhibition



Hi guys,

You are all invited to my new show,”Mythologia“. I have teamed up with local artist James Cattell who creates wonderfully intrinsic robotic interactive sculptures, and my bestie Aglaia B, who I’ve collaborated with in the past on many photographic adventures. Together we’ll be showcasing our recent work in the realm of Mythologies- personal, historical and worldly. It’s running over the Christmas holiday season so there will be elements of Yule tied in as well; I’m doing a rendition of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, and of course, the dark counterpart of Christmas, Krampus, will also be there.

Running from 2nd December 2016 to January 9th 2017.
Opening on Wednesday 7th December, 6 – 9pm.
At the Melbourne City Library Gallery

Most of the exhibition will be upstairs at the gallery, though we’ll have a few pieces scattered in displays around the entire building so keep your eyes peeled.

Items will be for sale, though, the majority of my work has already been sold, therefore this is the last time they will all be displayed together before being sent off overseas and scattered around the globe. A last hurrah if you wish!

I do hope you can make it along to see it, and even better come say hello on Opening night!

Thanks sooo much for the support over the years as well, you guys rule and it means a lot to me.

x Lucia

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beinART huge small works show


This Saturday is the Opening of the beinArt galleries Small Works Group Show.

I have a piece in there, titled “Saint Demiurge”

Click the image above for more details.

Here is my piece –


Made of foraged rabbit bones, antique Victorian era textiles and embellishments sourced from the Schaumburg-Lippe’s Royal family of Germany. There is a sodalite cabachon in there aswell.

Based on the Decorated Saint Skeletons of Ancient Catholic History, as found in Paul Koudounaris’ “Heavenly Bodies” book. Talented Nuns would decorate Saints bones’ after their death in order to activate the Saints powers for all of humanity. The Demiurge is known as the ultimate architect and master craftsman of the universe, the word being used to describe all artisians in the olden days. When the Catholic Nuns were given bones which they couldn’t identify, they would give the bones a name based on their essence, as I have done here, for rabbits are masters at (pro)Creation. So this work is dedicated to aiding all the artists and master craftsmen, for all they create.

Presales for the show are on at the moment, contact beinArt gallery . Cost of St Demiurge is $500 and the piece can be sent world wide. 13 x 13 x 10 cms. Glass dome not pictured.

If you are in Melbourne come down this Saturday night 6-9pm for the opening!

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Curios – May 28th @ beinArt gallery



The time has come to invite you all to my big show!

I am over the moon with excitement to be showing the largest collection of my work to date, alongside two American artists, at the new beinArt Gallery.
I would love for you to come and meet my curious characters.

Lucia Mocnay, Jason D’aquino & Scott G. Brooks

WHEN: 28th May –  25th June 2016
Opening reception – 6pm – 9pm Saturday May 28th.

WHERE: beinArt Gallery / 1 Sparta Place, Brunswick, Melbourne, Australia
PHONE: +61 420949925

All works will be for sale.

Please put the date in your diaries, I’d be delighted to see you there.
I am flying overseas the very next day so it will be a great chance to say aloha & adieu.

∴♥∴ Lucia

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Kitsune – the 9 tailed mythical fox from ye old Japan



As part of my second series of full bodied taxidermy pieces, I made this 9 tailed Kitsune fox early this year.

Kitsune’s are mythological creatures from Japanese folklore, fox spirits with multiple tails who can shape-shift into other creatures, including humans. The stories are varied as to whether they are deceptive or helpful, depending on how you treat them. The more tails they have, the older and wiser they are, 9 being the upper limit. They shape-shift by tying a skull onto their heads – the skull of whatever creature they want to shape-shift into. They possess a small white ball called hoshi no tama, which holds their magical power, and if a human manages to attain a kitsune’s hoshi no tama, they can control them. Many kitsunes shape-shift into geishas by day and seduce and marry men. Then at night they sneak out to be foxy in the wild. Ladies who have foxy/feline features are rumoured to be Kitsunes, and superstitious folk look for tails peeking out from underneath their kimonos.

The particular fable I based this piece on, is one where a young man happens upon a hurt fox in the woods, who is trapped by a fallen tree. As he is kind, he lifts the tree and saves the fox, and in order to repay him, she shape-shifts into a beautiful geisha, and devises a plan. “Take me to the nearest town to their most exquisite brothel. Sell me to the owner for no less than 3000 pennies.” This seemed like much too much money, and the young man thought it would never work, though obligingly he did as the Kitsune asked. When there, she uses her magic and beauty to charm the brothel owner and he happily pays a mint for her, thinking his new geisha would be his prized possession and would bring him much business once word got around of her presence. After the deal was done, the young man, amazed at his new fortune though reluctant to leave her there, goes back to the woods to continue his journey. That night the Kitsune shape-shifts back into fox form and escapes the brothel to find the young man in the woods, where she turns back into geisha form, and they marry and make a house deep in the woods and live happily ever after with their new found fortune.

It was tons of fun researching and making this piece. I have an affinity with Japan and it just made me want to go back there and explore the countryside some more. My Kitsune’s clothing is sourced from Japan from recycled kimonos and a vintage obi – (kimono belt). The hoshi no tama (spirit ball) is from a museum collection from Hervey Bay, Australia, it’s an antique Japanese Ojime bead made from mother of pearl, used on the Inro – in other words, a special bead that closes a little pouch that served as a pocket, tied to the kimono’s obi belt as kimono’s don’t have pockets. A very important accessory worn in the olden days, holding ones money and treasures and medicines. It was such a great find, it seems like that one piece was meant to be for this Kitsune, and it somehow ended up here in Australia for me to find. You can see it dangling from one of Kitsune’s tails, as that’s where they hide them.


Hoshi no tama. Antique Japanese Ojime bead made of Mother of Pearl.

Hope you enjoyed the read and the mini history/folk tale lesson!

I’ll be posting more photos of Kitsune in the near future, on my social media sites.

Have a great day! ♥⇔♥


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Melbourne Art Review ~ SBWAS ~ Midsumma

photo by Matto Lucas -melbourne art review

photo by Matto Lucas – Melbourne Art Review

Hi everyone,

Just wanted to share some photos from my latest group exhibition, “Somewhere Between Walking and Sleeping” as part of Midsumma Festival 2015.

Melbourne Art Review attended the opening, click photo above to see the visual result. Enjoy!

Show ends this Saturday 7th Feb.

♥ℵ♥ Lucia

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Somewhere Between Walking and Sleeping – Art Exhibition


Hey guys

Happy 2015 to you all!
Hope it’s an awesome one for all of us.
Got some news to share with you….

I have a few of my more eclectic foxes in an upcoming exhibition in Melbourne, as part of the Midsumma Festival.
You and your friends & family are cordially invited to the opening night.

Details follow:

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Somewhere Between Walking And Sleeping – Art Exhibition
23-31st January 2015
Dark Horse Experiment
110 Franklin Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3000

Ever wondered what world artists live in? Where their heads are at? Well, wonder no more!
Somewhere Between Walking and Sleeping allows you to wander through this truly unique parallel universe.
Step into the unsure, unreal and at times uncomfortable. Let the art guide you through this strange land.

ARTISTS: Eddie Botha, Caragh Brooks, Lucia Mocnay and Maromatic
Midsumma Festival Curated

Opening night: Friday 23rd Jan, 6 – 8pm.
Gallery opening times: Wed – Sat noon – 5pm
So if you can’t make it to opening night then make sure you get down there at some stage and check it out.

I hope to see you there!

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In other news:
Manyung Gallery
has extended it’s mixed Christmas show til 25th January
which means my family of foxes are on display for a little longer.
If you are heading to the Mornington Peninsula over summer then stop in, it’s a gorgeous gallery and eatery.

Manyung Gallery
1408 Nepean Highway
Mt Eliza VIC
(03) 9787 2953

my online gallery:

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And even more news, watch out for the debut Australian version of “Things & Ink” magazine
out February 26th for a feisty feature article.
More on this coming soon.

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Thanks so much for the continued interest and love and support guys, it really means a lot and I hope to see your smiling faces out there!


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Coastal with a Twist – Manyung Gallery Christmas Show

at Manyung gallery

Edgar Chase at Manyung gallery

Hello everyone,

I am please to announce that six members of the fox family will be exhibited in the Manyung gallery’s huge mixed Christmas show, opening this Friday 28th at 6-8pm. Manyung is situated in Mt Eliza, on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria. You can preview the exhibition online if you are not in the vicinity of Mt Eliza. The show is on until 24th December. I am hoping to head down to the opening myself. Please RSVP your attendance via text to the gallery.

28th November – 24th December 2014
Opening Friday 28th at 6-8pm
Manyung Gallery
Christmas Show “Coastal with a Twist”
1408 Nepean Hwy
Mt Eliza, Victoria


preview here
my artist page at Manyung

Hope to see you there!

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Lady Növa O’Leveret

Hello Hello!

I hope all is well in your world. This post has been a long time coming, Lady Növa O’Leveret has been a hard one to pin, being a Solitary Witch and only Hare in my current series, and as I have recently learned, she is also a mysterious fairy Banshee, often heard but rarely seen.

Scotland being in the news at this point in time concerning independence from the UK, I thought it perfect timing I Finally Officially Welcome Her.

Her name explained: Növa’s name is derived from Latin, with Irish/Scottish elements thrown in, as she wears the breastplate of the Highland Clan Gordon.
Her first name Növa means “new” in Latin, (a new animal in my series of foxes). “O” comes from the Banshee element, as most clan members who had a banshee attached to them had either O or Mac as their prefixes. And a Leveret is the proper name for a Juvenile Hare.

I have had a lot of fun researching names and their meanings plus mythological creatures of Celtic origins.

Wiki: The banshee (or banchee) (/ˈbænʃ/ ban-shee), from Irish: bean sí [bʲæn ˈʃiː] (“woman of the barrows”) is a female spirit in Irish mythology, usually seen as an omen of death and a messenger from the underworld. In Scottish Gaelic mythology, she is known as the bean sìth or bean nighe and is seen washing the bloodstained clothes or armour of those who are about to die. In legend, a banshee is a fairy woman who begins to wail if someone is about to die.
The banshee may also appear in a variety of other forms, such as that of a hooded crow, stoat, hare and weasel – animals associated in Ireland with witchcraft.

Very, very fitting.

The crystal horn helps her second sight from her third eye, an antennae to enable her to sense the details of those about to die, so that she may release her sorrowful wail in due time.

I hope to add another Hare member to the series. Only Time will Tell.

Δ Til next time! Δ