Palaces in New Scientist
“Some people think it’s creepy at first,” says artist Gina Czarnecki, standing next to a large translucent sculpture – a cross between a fairy castle and a cave full of stalactites – which is studded at intervals with little human teeth. This is one of her latest works, WASTED: Palaces, on display in a new exhibition of Czarnecki’s work at Liverpool’s Bluecoat exhibition space, which commissioned the piece.
“Despite their initial revulsion, the attention of the mainstream media has convinced members of the public to get on board with the project, Czarnecki says. Back in April, CultureLab learned of her plans to ask children and parents to donate milk teeth to her, rather than the tooth fairy. Over the last few months she has collected hundreds and as more and more people donate, the palace will turn from shiny glass-like resin into a coral of tooth enamel.
“Czarnecki is interested in what happens to our tissue once it leaves our bodies – who does it belong to, what information does it betray about us, and what scope does it have medically? She’s also interested in the use of such body parts in art, and the stark contrast between the ethical regulations concerning the use of tissue for scientific research and its use in artwork. Alongside the toothy palace, WASTED also includes an arm chair with a cushion made of human fat extracted during liposuction, and a mobile made of plaster casts of diseased bone.”
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