A rose by another name may smell as sweet, but what about a rose made out of the dismembered sex organs of a clam? That, in a way, is the ontological riddle posed by the bizarre sculptures created by German artist Heide Hatry, who recreates flowers out of what one gallery release refers to as the "grotesque, immaculately manicured flesh debris of deceased animals." Hatry calls her series "Not a Rose," and it goes on display this week at Stux Gallery in New York. In addition to flowers made from shellfish, she's sculpted a rose-like design using pigs' ears and a pink tropical bloom out of the vocal cords of a hen. Hatry explains that her work is intended as a commentary on the ethics of meat consumption but it's arresting even in the absence of a controlling idea: Stare long enough at her lush, thick-petaled creations and you'll start to think these flowers were meant to look this way all along.
Images courtesy of Stux Gallery New York.
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