'We Have All Eternity To Be Skeletal'
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Mireille Suzanne Francette Porte has been making a name for herself in the art world since she became ORLAN in the early 1970s. The French performance artist and feminist icon is best known for transforming herself into a living work of art through plastic surgery. While Botox, facelifts and other techniques are routinely used to bring subjects closer to the established ideals of beauty, ORLAN uses these tools to question beauty norms.
In the 1990s, ORLAN had her forehead altered to mirror the protruding brow of Leonardo's "Mona Lisa," and her chin made to resemble Botticelli's "Venus." She used the materials normally reserved for cheek implants and had them placed on her forehead, creating horn-like protrusions. "If you were to describe me without anyone being able to see me, they would think I am a monster, that I am not fuckable," ORLAN told the Guardian in 2009. "But if they see me, that could perhaps change."
We asked ORLAN questions about her ongoing relationship w
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