Why is having cosmetic surgery a social taboo?
Omnipresence was ORLANâ€™s seventh medical performance in a series of plastic surgery operations in which the artist altered her appearance to reflect the ideals of western art and cultural pressures of beauty. As part of the ongoing series, â€˜The Reincarnation of Saint Orlanâ€™, ORLAN underwent surgeries that included forehead changes to reflect Leonardo Da Vinciâ€™s Mona Lisaâ€™s prominent brow, a prosthetic chin to echo Sandro Botticelli’s Venus, retouches to the eyelids to suggest a Fontainbleau Diana, and plumped lips to imitate Moreau’s Europa. The artistâ€™s intimate surgeries become a public spectacle and her body becomes an art canvas.
Image: Courtesy of the artist