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Life-sized human skull made out of cocaine

Life-sized human skull made out of cocaine


DiddoEcce Animal, 2004, compression molded Cocaine (street sourced) and Gelatin, 12x18x22cm

Ecce Animal by Dutch artist Diddo is an unusual artwork, crafted with cocaine mixed with gelatin, it was fashioned in form of a human skull. The gelatin was used to hold together the sculpture. The artwork, as strange as it is, calls for a lot of questioning as to what it stands for and what exactly it means.

Before making the sculpture, Diddo tested the purity of the cocaine in a laboratory where it was determined that it was about 20 percent pure. According to Diddo, he feels it isn’t his work to talk about the dangers of using drugs but with the artwork crafted in the form of a human skull, to some a symbol of death, it clearly shows the dangerous side of it. He says the work of art brings to the fore the dynamics of human behaviour. Human beings find it difficult to live together while at the same time cannot quite live without one another. Ecce Animal symbolizes bringing together man’s animal instincts and the modern world we are in today.

Ecce Animal was not made to emphasize on the dangers involved in drug abuse or addiction but rather is about man’s nature in the present world. Man’s nature specifically in the sense that he lives in a society which constantly throws at him situations he may be unable to control, hence the use of cocaine (a dangerous substance) to sculpt the human skull. In the poem that accompanied the work of art Diddo writes, “It is frightening to look at the face of our animal side laid bare by comfortable excess, the spoils of its aggression.”

Is this unorthodox way of passing across a message one that will create a lasting impression? The work of art is definitely a brilliant one and the way and manner it was crafted is ingenious. “Ecce Animal” is a commissioned piece so details about it are not available to the public but since pictures are available on the internet, we can simply view and deduce our own interpretations and just maybe, dwell extensively on it.

Diddo - Ecce animal
DiddoEcce Animal, 2004, compression molded Cocaine (street sourced) and Gelatin, 12x18x22cm

Diddo - Ecce animal
DiddoEcce Animal, 2004, compression molded Cocaine (street sourced) and Gelatin, 12x18x22cm

Diddo - Ecce animal
DiddoEcce Animal, 2004, compression molded Cocaine (street sourced) and Gelatin, 12x18x22cm

Diddo - Ecce animal
DiddoEcce Animal, 2004, compression molded Cocaine (street sourced) and Gelatin, 12x18x22cm

Diddo - Ecce animal
DiddoEcce Animal, 2004, compression molded Cocaine (street sourced) and Gelatin, 12x18x22cm

Diddo - Ecce animal
DiddoEcce Animal, 2004, compression molded Cocaine (street sourced) and Gelatin, 12x18x22cm

Diddo - Ecce animal
DiddoEcce Animal, 2004, compression molded Cocaine (street sourced) and Gelatin, 12x18x22cm


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Shocking: Beautiful ring made out of Crystal Meth

Shocking: Beautiful ring made out of Crystal Meth

Issei Watanabe - Till Death Do Us Part

Issei Watanabe - Till Death Do Us Part

Issei Watanabe - Till Death Do Us Part

Issei Watanabe - Till Death Do Us Part

Very interesting sculpture by Tokyo based artist Issei Watanabe (渡 邉 一 生). The ring above contains a little bit of Crystal Meth, a dangerous drug, widespread not only in the US but throughout all regions and social groups. Watanabe exhibited this challenging artwork in 2010, while being a student in Pratt’s MFA program.

Here is his statement:

“For my thesis exhibition I created a wedding ring out of methamphetamine. It is in the form and size of a traditional wedding ring, but instead of gold, it made out of methamphetamine.

The artwork is focus on issues of drug abuse and drug laws. The idea of the work comes from the expression “married to …” which is often used to describe bonding to something, addiction, or loving to death. My artwork suggests that addicts are married to the substance they abuse.

The work highlights the range of laws dealing with drug use and drug possession. In some countries conviction of drug possession leads to a short imprisonment, while in other countries it leads to the death penalty. This artwork could be exhibited in only a few free countries.

The main purpose of this project is to expand the possibility of what art can be. I believe that artworks have the power to ask the public to think about social issues and the nature of art.

As part of my artwork I have had my blood tested for drug use. The test results, which are negative, are exhibited near my sculpture. I will not consume, manufacture, import, export or traffic in drugs. I used only a small amount of methamphetamine to apply in my artwork.”

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