cosmetic

mask (cosmetic series) - a hood made from bandages with cut out sterling silver holes revealing the eyes, representing the healing process associated with cosmetic surgery
mask (cosmetic series) - a hood made from bandages with cut out sterling silver holes revealing the nostrils, representing the healing process associated with cosmetic surgery
mask (cosmetic series) - a hood made from bandages with a cut out sterling silver hole revealing the mouth, representing the healing process associated with cosmetic surgery

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

bake (cosmetic series) - an ephemeral piece made of sunburn on the decollette area

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

cosmetic - a piece using pins to highlight the way the face is marked up prior to eyelid or eye tuck cosmetic surgery
cosmetic - a piece using pins to highlight injectin sites for botox

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

tuck (cosmetic series) - a corset made from stretchy bandages with the stomach area normally removed during liposuction revealed and stone set with a large ring

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

extension (cosmetic series) - hand made eye lash extensions
extension (cosmetic series) - hand made eye lash extensions

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

clamp (cosmetic series) - a piece where the lips hve been pared back and clamped, much in the way an open wound is during surgery

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

peel (cosmetic series) - a piece emulating chemical peels
peel (cosmetic series) - a veil made of skin, emulating the way the forhead skin is peeled back during facelift surgery

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