Most striking are Swedish artist Nathalie Djurberg's claymation videos, which alternate between cartoony cute takes on the gruesome cycle of life and stomach-churning horror. In Turn into Me (2008), a nude woman dies in a forest. Maggots squirm out of her mouth, then devour her body. A raccoon and a mole burrow into her guts before the skeleton stands up with the critters inside and staggers off through the trees. In Djurberg's 2009 video The Experiment (Cave), a naked lady in a cave finds her limbs have lives of their own when they rip themselves away from her torso, kick her (à la Evil Dead II), tear off her breasts, and pour their milk into her mouth. The grueling humiliation and torture ends only when a boulder falls from the cave ceiling, squashing the renegade arms and legs.

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