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For a Skeleton To Hang Soft Tissues On by Holly Hendry

Holly Hendry’s sculptural works deal with internal and external in terms of the body, display and production – architectural rear spaces and hidden bodily activities or situations that are brought into view through specific objects, textures or forms.

For a Skeleton to Hang Soft Tissues On, Holly Hendry’s first solo exhibition at Arratia Beer in Berlin, is a new body of work specifically made for the gallery space. It is partly based on items from The Mütter Museum’s collection of swallowed objects; a collection of ingested objects recovered by Doctor Chevalier Jackson who meticulously catalogued his recoveries. The combination of both strange and utterly ordinary objects is dead-live matter – things that are akin to miniature tombstones of their former hosts.