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Goodbye Innocence. Hello Dolls Made Out Of Animal Parts.

I don’t always understand "art," but I do understand "terrifying dolls that will haunt my dreams until I die." And these dolls made out of real animal parts in artist Heide Hatry’s new "Heads and Tales" exhibiton fall into the latter category. I guess this is supposed to be a commentary on how we are all one. How all mammals share the same structure and at the end of the day, we all live essentially the same existence. These dolls should make us all realize that we are closer to one another and that we should treat all beings with the same respect and integrity that we treat each other.
But, on the other hand, it’s also a commentary on how dolls made out of animal parts make me want to run screaming back into the womb. According to the artist, Heide Hatry:
The portraits in Heads and Tales are photographic documentations of sculptures I made out of animal skin and body parts, intended to provide springboards for stories, reminiscences or meditations on the lives of women.
My intention with the work was to make it as life-like as possible, vivid and sometimes disposed in positions suggesting movement. I used untreated pigskin to cover a sculpture I had made out of clay, with raw meat for the lips and fresh pig eyes in order that the resulting portrait would appear as if it were looking at the viewer with a vital expression which the photographer had just captured at that moment.
The portrait of a face staring into the camera or captured in a snapshot simply doesn’t conjure thoughts of death, even though we are often, in fact, looking at the living image of the dead when we view a photograph.
According to me:
OK, so I’m exaggerating a little, but they kind of look like someone gave a meth addict a full-blown Hollywood makeover. Which is to say, they all look like Fergie.
See more Fergie’s after the jump.

And if you want to see these in glorious real life, see when they’re coming to your town.

12 Responses to "Goodbye Innocence. Hello Dolls Made Out Of Animal Parts."

  1. Anonymous says:

    Wow…that’s disturbing. Is this person some kind of strange fetishist? I can just imagine her saying something in a raspy voice “it puts the lotion in the basket or it gets the hose.”

  2. Camel Tao says:

    Anyone else think that nearly all of them look like Michael Jackson? Those pictures make me want to watch “Silence of the Lambs.”

  3. Anonymous says:

    Wow. I’m glad they made an Asian one.

  4. Sparticus says:

    I’d make the anus outa a Panda, and go to town.

  5. cory says:
    Thanks for giving me my morning LOL
  6. TrillVille says:

    that takes creepiness to a whole different level.

  7. Bill says:

    Wow… this “artist” went to a lot of trouble to create sculptures of male corpses in drag with bad complexions. I would have gone with a Real Doll myself… form AND function!

  8. Laura aka creepy says:

    yikes! i think heidi either does not possess a dark side or has a dark side so hidden from herself it is killing her and she doth not know it. these are completly disturbing and do not at all convey her original intention. they say “Silence of the Lambs” or a voice of one would say “pervet me further and play god with animal parts while raping me”.

    It’s odd though for a visual artist to not be in touch with her dark side. Makes me suspicious. Reminds me of this one time I was with my husband and 2 friends a couple, one was an artist the other not. I had a baby doll that was very old and it was very creepy to me. I made it talk and make noises and move weirdly and all but the girl who was not a visual artist thought it was creepy. She thought it was cute.

  9. Rupert says:

    I will have nightmares for weeks

  10. It’s too disgusting.

  11. Anonymous says:

    It’s possible this Heide is really a very good artist and just happens to have lived amongst very ugly people all her life

  12. uglysexy says:

    I call this feminist misogyny ;p
    whoa…keep those cards and letters coming ;p