cosmetic

image: the artwork mask, showing a hood made from bandages with cut out sterling silver ovals revealing the eyes, representing the healing process associated with cosmetic surgery
image: the artwork mask, a hood made from bandages with cut out sterling silver ovals revealing the nostrils, representing the healing process associated with cosmetic surgery
image: the artwork mask, a hood made from bandages with a cut out sterling silver oval 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

image: the artwork bake, showing the word 'raw' sunburnt into skin of the decollette area of a womans chest

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

image: the artwork cosmetic - showing a close up of a womans closed eye with small pins marking how an eye is drawn on prior to eyelid or eye tuck cosmetic surgery
image: the artwork cosmetic, showing a pair of womans lips with small pins stuck in regular intervals around the perimeter, to highlight injectin sites for botox

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

image: the artwork tuck, showing a corset made from stretchy white bandages with a large cut out circle in the centre with a womans stomach poking through the hole

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

image: the artwork extension, a close up image of a womans eye wearing handmade eye lashes that fall down her entire face
image: the artwork extension, a close up image of a womans eyes wearing handmade eye lashes that fall down her entire face

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

image: the artwork clamp, showing a womans mouth with her lips pared back and clamped, exposing her teeth in a grimace, emulating an open wound during surgery

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

image: the artwork peel - showing a close up of a woman peeling the skin from her forehead in a large piece piece, emulating chemical peels
image: the artwork peel - showing a close up of a womans forehead with a peeled piece of skin veiling her eyes, 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 a persons underlying beauty. Work developed for this series is largely ephemeral, challenging the permanence of common cosmetic 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 cosmetic surgical consultation and resolution, a reduction and splitting of the self into a series 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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