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Can't trim/crop/erase layered (?) objects

New Here ,
Oct 06, 2022 Oct 06, 2022

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Hi,

I'm fairly new to illustrator but got a task for work which should be doable but isn't, as the artwork (vector illustration) my bosses chose is crazy hard to work with. 
I want to get rid of the part of the objects I circled red (picture 1). However, these are layers upon layers of objects stacked together (I think?) and there's a point where I can't even ungroup them. I have not the slightest clue how the artist made these shapes... I've tried everything in this post https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/using/cutting-dividing-objects.html (cutting, trimming, dividing etc.) but nothing works. I tried putting a shape on top and build a bigger shape out of the smaller ones but that doesn't work either. I tried erasing, but it doesn't work on the complex shapes/lines (I'm not even sure what they're called in this state..), either.
Picture 2 and 3 are close ups.
Do you think it is at all possible for me to somehow get rid of that part of the artwork?

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Oct 06, 2022 Oct 06, 2022

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They are gradient meshes and blends. Is clipping the artwork an option?

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Oct 25, 2022 Oct 25, 2022

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Hi Doug, thanks for your reply and sorry for not coming back to you (I got really sick).
Sadly it wasn't so in the end we went with another artwork...but I learned that working with gradient meshes is one hell of a task 😄 

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