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Mariechen Danz, Digestive System (Map Toxin) (detail), 2015, polyurethane with firestones, pigment, steel rod, 25 1/2 × 9 × 3".

Mariechen Danz

Galerie Tanja Wagner

Mariechen Danz, Digestive System (Map Toxin) (detail), 2015, polyurethane with firestones, pigment, steel rod, 25 1/2 × 9 × 3".

This recent exhibition by Berlin-based Irish artist Mariechen Danz was titled after its central piece, Womb Tomb, 2014–15, a sculpture of a naked human figure resting in a supine position with eyes open, mouth closed. There were some peculiar things about this apparition—for instance, there was no clear sign of its gender, and its intestines and heart were visible on its surface, as if its skin had been removed. It appeared somehow as a colorful alien, or a mummified being of some sort, while at the same time putting one in mind of an operating room or even a morgue. Differences in ambient temperature affected the red and purple of its skin, regulated through a hidden internal system. Heat caused thermochromic pigments to become transparent, making visible an even more colorful pattern underneath. So there were at least two layers of paint on this creature. Likewise, when

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