Artist Rearranges Human Body Parts For Maximum Grossness

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Limbs chopped off? Ho hum. Eyes ripped out of sockets? Yawn. Skin incinerated to the bone? Bo-ring. Thanks to the mass media feeding us an ever-increasing diet of humans being mutilated in every imaginable way, we have become apathetic to the sight of mortal wounds. But when we rearrange functionally healthy body parts to grow out of odd places that they usually don’t, why do we cringe in horror?

Due to radical advances in medical science in the last century, it has become incredibly rare to come across a person with especially odd features. Where physical “freaks” and “mutants” were once paraded before the public in zoos and circuses, today they are often subjected to cosmetic surgery at a young age to bring them in line with our expectations of what a human being is supposed to look like.

It is precisely because we have become accustomed to people being almost identical that the bizarre art of Los Angeles-based Jonathan Payne is so discomforting. For his “Fleshlettes” series, Payne produced a series of sculptures that look like convincingly real human skin, hair, tongue and teeth, but all mashed up, as if they were the sad result of a genetic experiment by an evil mad scientist.

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“The human body is familiar and beautiful and yet also wonderfully bizarre,” Payne said in the Huffington Post. “Fleshlettes are a way for me to re-examine our unique qualities from a new and unfamiliar angle.” I guess that’s one way of explaining a breast nipple stuck on the head of a penis, with a circle of teeth sticking out the top of the shaft. Or hands fused together to create labia with a cluster of tongues sticking out.

Payne hawks his psychotic creations online, where they can be bought for between $100 and $1000.

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