For the past year I have been obsessed with casting a school of fish in an aspic. This took a lot of experimentation with many kinds of fish. I experimented with making them stay in formation- in the center of the mould. I eventually used superglue and a method of slowly encasing them in gelatin. I think the result is really beautiful and otherworldly.
Everyone can become beautiful through the use of plastic surgery and other artifices. With the commonly held standard so easily achievable, beauty has become average. In order to look exotic- and therefore be more rare and unique- people will start separating from the beautiful herd. To achieve this, I conceived an inflatable skin suit. Inside the suit, you could temporarily alter yourself to fit either an ideal or grotesque extreme.
I wore an early iteration of the suit out on the street to observe public reaction. The most interesting moment happened on an awkward subway ride. I wore a dress over the suit so I would feel less conspicuous. Inside the dress, the suit ceased to be a costume. It became my body. No one made eye contact with me. I perceived a very self-conscious and deliberate 'I-am-not-looking-at-you' attitude. I could feel their indirect stares; my being there made people uncomfortable. I have never received so much attention in my life.
Alginate, Polyurethane, Wax, Silicone, Silicone Pigment
Prosthetics are commonly used to add what is missing or was never there. Their purpose is to make you feel normal and whole. I created these decorative prosthetics to make you look unusual. While wearing my extra parts, I feel more beautiful and unique.