Orlan, an artist that shocks, makes heads turn and makes you owe in amazing. All of this is shown through the dedication she has to her work and how far she will actually go to show self-expressions by botching her body. Surgeons have done cosmetic surgery on her to make her look like the Mona Lisa and she has also offered skin grafts to celebrities like Madona.
In a Guardian article, it states that an ectopic pregnancy is what started her creative path, the surgeon that performed the surgery on her was a ‘priest’ to her. Her crew were there to film and the idea of surgery was to play an important part in her work. She explains “Pain is an anachronism. I have great confidence in morphine.”
Her career is about rebirth and re-inventing herself with technology and going under the knife, changing her appearance. May would question the reason behind these surgeries and why? Is she doing it for her appearance? For self satisfaction? No, she proudly states “my goal was to be different, strong; to sculpt my own body to reinvent the self. It’s all about being different and creating a clash with society because of that. I tried to use surgery not to better myself or become a younger version of myself, but to work on the concept of image and surgery the other way around. I was the first artist to do it,” From this statement, it shows an artist taking Western art to a new level and making herself a walking gallery.
The work Orlan has performed on herself is linked to the idea of my practice by becoming something you are not. Becoming a being that is strong, striking and confident. Also being influenced by a figure/ thing to become different and to be unique.