Heide Hatry, ‘Pinnae dorsales divisae lutjanorum campechanorum (Separated fins of red snappers’, 2011, SPRING/BREAK: Benefit Auction 2018


Flowers from Hatry‘s best known series "Not a Rose" are photographic documentations of sculptures composed out of animal organs and posed in nature. Addressing our relationship with flowers, dual themes of beauty and repulsion, terror and desire. The “scientized” (Latin) titles reflect the materials from which they have been formed.

About Heide Hatry

Neo-conceptualist artist Heide Hatry’s rigorous, corporeal work confronts issues of body politics, gender roles, and identity. Drawing on the conceptual language of feminist and Pictures Generation artists like Carolee Schneemann and Cindy Sherman, Hatry’s performances, sculptures, and photographs have employed socially charged materials as wide-ranging as skin, taxidermy, masks, and her own body. In her best-known series, “Not a Rose,” Hatry presents lush images of what look like tropical flowers. Upon closer examination, the flowers are in fact made of animal organs, addressing dual themes of beauty and repulsion, terror and desire.

German, b. 1965