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ICA Miami: "Goodoo" Dolls, Melting Ladies, and Mental Help (Photos)

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Pass the tiny glass doors and once inside the place is awash in white. In the middle of the bustling entranceway, there lays an ash-colored figure. At first, your instinct might be to help this person stand up who has clearly fallen down, but as you approach, you notice the sunken features and what appears to be dry glue covering the body.

Ah, contemporary art at its finest -- and strangest.

The melted lady, as she shall henceforth be referred to, is part of the "As I Lay Drying" installation by Andra Ursuta, which takes up the entire middle area working its way up rather than around the space.

Inspired by patriotism and protest, each piece instills a sense of rebellion. Peering out from the second and fourth floors, you can see two quilted fists that inflate and deflate every so often. Viva la revolution!

Be sure to look out for the collection of colorful butt stools. They're stools with neat butt-imprint cushions atop. We're still working on the rebellious meaning behind this one.

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Carolina del Busto is a freelance writer for Miami New Times. She nurtured her love of words at Boston College before moving back home to Miami and has been covering arts and culture in the Magic City since 2013.