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THE MORPHOLOGY OF FISH

With the Morphology of fish – the digestion system Mandy continues her extensive research into the process of preserving animal parts. With an almost scientific approach and meticulousness she transform the material from its raw form to a finished work. In this series she shows the diversity in gills. The functional unit of the gill is the filament, which supports rows of plate-like lamellae. The lamellae are designed for gas exchange with a large surface area.
The gills of the fish are composed of comb-like filaments of tissue, the gill lamellae. As always in her work, den Elzen’s main objective is the material itself, its specific characteristics and how its natural form is perfectly integrated with its function.

 

 

 

 

THE MORPHOLOGY OF FISH

With the Morphology of fish Mandy continues her extensive research into the process of preserving animal parts. With an almost scientific approach and meticulousness she transform the material from its raw form to a finished work. In this series she shows the diversity in gills. The functional unit of the gill is the filament, which supports rows of plate-like lamellae. The lamellae are designed for gas exchange with a large surface area.
The gills of the fish are composed of comb-like filaments of tissue, the gill lamellae. As always in her work, den Elzen’s main objective is the material itself, its specific characteristics and how its natural form is perfectly integrated with its function.

A CONTINUATION OF A COMPREHENSIVE STUDY OF DOMESTICATED ANIMAL STOMACH

 

THE EXPLORATION OF THE DIGESTION SYSTEM
OF A COW

In this series, den Elzen uses the four stomach compartments of a cattle; the rumen, reticulum, omasum and the abomasum. Each of the stomach compartments has a specific function in the digestive process and therefore they have different shapes and textures.

The reticulum is, for example, lined with ridges that form a honeycomb-like structure, which can capture and retain dense particles of feed or indigestible objects. And the omasum is characterized by the large number of leaf-like folds, which provide a bigger surface for fluid absorption. In nature, the form is always determined by its function, and this honesty of form, these structures determined by biological processes and necessities, is an inexhaustible source of inspiration to her.
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THE EXPLORATION OF THE
EQUINE DIGESTION SYSTEM

With her work The Equine Digestive System‏, Mandy den Elzen continues her extensive research into the process of making leather from animal organs. In this project, she is focusing her examination on the anatomy of a horse, preserving and classifying its organs. A series of tests provides insight into the possibility of using a larger part of the horse for leather-making. By expanding the number of animal parts which can be tanned and used for leather, a better use is made of available resources.

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