In the past I assumed I did not want to follow the expectations and roles prescribed by society. I have come to wonder about the existence and identity of lost beauty through daily interactions with people who rely on Photoshop and plastic surgery for self worth. Personally, I cannot avoid the effects of a highly influential and the all-pervasive media, which has turned us into cyborgs. Our thoughts are programmed and people establish relationships through digital networks. People are always striving to acquire and adapt to the face that society values. Their pursuit of the ideal face is almost obsessive; however, the collective nature of this pursuit, in the form of minor and major surgical undertakings, is viewed as a sign of “solidarity.” Since childhood, many people's appearance has been transformed by the influence of the people and media around them.
It was even harder to define what real beauty is in a society that has morphed itself into a kind of play, even with physical appearances. I tapped into the feeling of frustration of wearing clothes that do not fit me. Although I use a variety of materials and processes in each of my projects, my methodology, the formal concerns and the subject matter are common threads that run throughout all of them. Each project generally consists of multiple works that span a range of different media, but are often grouped around specific themes and meanings. During research and production, new areas of interest arise and lead to the next body of work. I expressed my efforts to align with society’s current ideal physique through puzzle art. I have also created a symbolic object that includes a face made by objects that mimic injection.
Unfitted body puzzle. 2020 42.0 x 59.4cm
Pintoy (pressed by face) 42.0 x 59.4 x 38cm