Name: Leslie Dalton Rodger
Neighborhood: Garden District
Profession: Bird Taxidermist, Leslie Dalton Taxidermy
Describe what you love about what you do: There is a beauty to the logic of avian anatomy that provides a scientific grounding to the art of taxidermy. For me, what is artistically ideal is constrained by the underlying morphology of birds. The process doesn’t begin with a blank canvas.
Something about New Orleans that can always put you in a good mood: When strangers on the street wave to me or ask how I’m doing. When strangers help me bring a band saw or fully mounted grizzly bear up a flight of stairs. People are nice here!
What coping mechanisms have you employed during the pandemic to keep your vision and goals alive? I exercise my body in the form of running, Pilates, and yoga, and my mind in the form of consuming good literature and listening to academic lectures online.
Favorite restaurant: Mosquito Supper Club
Favorite bar: Verret’s Lounge
Favorite art gallery: Arthur Roger gallery
Favorite clothing store: Saint Claude Social Club and Century Girl Vintage
Favorite place to listen to music: Maple Leaf Bar
Favorite album of all time: Roy Orbison, The Ultimate Collection
Name a necessary extravagance: A Christmas tree wig from FiFi Mahony’s
Interviews have been edited and condensed.
This article appeared in the September 2020 Issue of Adore Magazine.