This artist's story begins as an unassuming science nerd who attended art school to study painting and sculpture at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, earning a BFA in 1992. The artist principally worked with oil paint, found objects and animal remains. Incorporating animal remains into sculpture and abstract painting for over a decade gradually evolved into the art of taxidermy. Although now a licensed taxidermist engaged in free-lance projects for various educational institutions and museums, the artist primarily concentrates on creating her outlandish reveries of fur and flesh. Sarina Brewer is a member of the Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists.
The artist has a deep respect and appreciation for animals and the natural world. She is an amateur naturalist participating in wildlife conservation and rehabilitation. None of the animals used in her work are hunting trophies or were killed for the purpose of using them in these projects. Specimens are roadkill, discarded livestock, destroyed nuisance animals, casualties of the pet trade, or died of natural causes. A strict "waste not, want not" policy is adhered to in the studio - virtually every part of the animal is utilized in some fashion. The artist does not view a dead animal as disgusting or repugnant; she feels that all creatures exhibit their beauty in death as well as in life. The animals are resurrected to another level of beauty as she fashions them into her works of art.