• Anatomical Venus

    One of the most bizarre relics from bygone days of anatomical understanding is the Anatomical Venus. Endowed with a startlingly lifelike appearance, full-size, and lovingly detailed, these wax models, popular through the 18th and 19th centuries, represented idealized beauties with body parts and organs that could be revealed and removed in a layer-by-layer dissection. Made with real hair, sometimes real eyelashes, glass eyes, bedecked with pearls, they were meant to enlighten the public on the anatomy of the animal “made in God’s image,” in a way that would be accessible and aesthetically pleasing.

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  • Sam Ectoplasm

    Montreal-based artist Sam Ectoplasm’s vivid, fleshly pen-and-ink drawings explore anatomy, sexuality, and disintegration.

    {“In my work, I rip open the body and let the anatomic parts flow….Explicit sexual images, explosion of the anatomy and vegetal elements, in a constant macro-micro zoom from the inside to the outside, are like surrealist illustrations of the human sensorial experience of life and decay.”}