Orlan – Carnal Art

French artist Orlan defines this “Carnal Art” as “self-portraiture in the classical sense, but realised through the possibility of technology. It swings between defiguration and refiguration. The body has become a “modified ready-made”, no longer seen as the ideal it once represented ;the body is not anymore this ideal ready-made it was satisfying to sign.”

Says Orlan: “‘My work is not a stand against cosmetic surgery, but against the standards of beauty, against the dictates of a dominant ideology that impresses itself more and more on feminine . . . flesh'” (O’Bryan). It’s also a stand against nature. Through her art, Orlan seeks to link the interior self with the exterior self. She takes physiognomy to its extreme.

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