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Bones by Ione Thorkelsson


Ione produced a stunning exhibition in 2006, where she casts human bones into glass.

Excerpt from show proposal at Toronto Free Gallery, 2006:

“As an object maker I am always on the look-out for things to cast and there are always lots of bones hanging around the studio.  I am drawn to bones as objects.  Bones are always such nice shapes, all those complex curves.  They are of a nice scale that can be held in the hand.  I can’t pick up a bone without speculating about the form that has generated the bone.  It’s a simple structural calculation.  If you have the bone, you have the whole creature.  The form of the creature is implicit in the bone.

But it gets a bit more complicated.  I am now working with casts made from a human skeleton.  As I pour the wax or break away the plaster, I find I cannot be unaware that I am casting something that has been living, that has walked the earth and is now defunct.  As I work away through the technically complex casting ritual I find part of me wondering: was this an adult or juvenile?  was it male?  female?  was it healthy?  was it happy?  Working in the studio, as the pieces accumulate I am struck by how arresting it is to see multiples of human remains.  Not too arresting, I hope - I want to avoid any sense of the crudely sensational.  Also, how odd to see crystalline replicas of recognizably human artifacts.

What’s that all about?  Why is that so?  I realize part of the explanation is that human remains are taboo, sacred.  The only time a person is going to see masses of human bones is either in the context of the sacred (ossuary, reliquary); or in the context of atrocity - not a proper sight for human scrutiny nor a proper topic for idle conjecture.

Ossuary 501: a bifocal inquiry into the idea of bones as artifacts and highly charged signifiers of human absence.”

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Cardboard Heart by Bartek Elsner .

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Amazingly intricate and beautiful use of cardboard as a medium to build an anatomically correct heart. Created by Bartek Elsner, a multidisciplinary artist based in Berlin.

View more of his work here.

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The Anatomy of an Angel by Damien Hirst

These Hirst miniature sculptures are based on Alfred Boucher’s sculpture, “L’Hirondelle” (1920), and show the anatomical structure beneath her skin, showing that this angel is only human. 

They are available to buy at Other Criteria for £7,200.

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Skeleton Dress by Iris Van Herpen

Hauntingly beautiful and 100% haute couture. From her Fall 2011 collection.

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