cosmetic

mask 2008, crepe bandage, sterling silver, giclee prints,  175 x 260 x 8mm objects, 400 x 300 x 35mm, photography by Terence Bogue

bake 2008, sunburn, giclee print, 330 x 470 x 35mm, photography by Terence Bogue

cosmetic 2006, stainless steel pins, giclee prints, 330 x 470 x 40mm, photography by Terence Bogue

tuck 2008, crepe bandage, giclee print, 330 x 470 x 35mm, photography by Terence Bogue

extension 2008, synthetic hair, 330 x 470 x 35mm, photography by Terence Bogue

clamp 2008, sterling silver, elastic, 330 x 470 x 35mm, photography by Terence Bogue

peel 2008, PVA glue, skin, 330 x 470 x 35mm, photography by Terence Bogue

cosmetic suggests aesthetic surgery processes act as a surface refurbishment disengaged from underlying beauty. Work developed for this series is largely ephemeral, challenging the permanence of common surgical interventions.  Pieces reference aspects of the surgical process, from pre-op marking, open wound and healing, through to more subtle cosmetic embellishments. The body displayed is segmented- mirroring the process of considering cosmetic surgery, the reduction and splitting of the self into a collection of parts as opposed to knowledge of the body as a whole.

this project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body

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