L:‘yellow split mung bean skull’ by helen altman, 2009 (yellow split mung beans, wire, glue, lead, j hook) courtesy of artist and DCKT contemporaryR:‘bamboo skull’ by helen altman, 2008 (bamboo, wire, glue, lead, j hook) courtesy of artist and DCKT contemporaryamerican artist helen altman lives and works in fort worth, texas where she creates artwork by altering commonplace material such as these skulls made from different spices. these life size skulls are moulded from different natural materials including bamboo, mustard seeds and mung beans. the materials are glued together and sculpted into a human skull form and hung from a wall. the series explores notions of reality versus artificiality in everyday life and the boundary between authenticity and absurdity.

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helen altman: spice skulls ‘fennel seed skull’ by helen altman, 2009 (fennel seeds, wire, glue, lead, j hook) courtesy of artist and DCKT contemporaryhelen altman: spice skulls ‘aniseed skull’ by helen altman, 2008 (aniseed, wire, glue, lead, j hook) courtesy of artist and dckt contemporary

helen altman: spice skulls ‘millet seed skull’ by helen altman, 2008 (millet seeds, wire, glue, lead, j hook) courtesy of artist and DCKT contemporaryhelen altman: spice skulls ‘yellow mustard seed skull’ by helen altman, 2010 (yellow mustard seeds, wire glue, lead, j hook) courtesy of artist and DCKT contemporary

helen altman: spice skulls ‘poppy seed skull’ by helen altman, 2010 (poppy seeds, wire, glue, lead, j hook) courtesy of artist and DCKT contemporary