Untitled Work (2005)
The photographs in “Untitled Work” deal with plastic surgery and ideals of perfection in our surgery-obsessed society. The series is comprised of big color photos of beautiful young women with play-dough or putty on their faces in areas where plastic surgery is performed. The 2.5’x3’ portraits manage to be gorgeous, silly, and disturbing all at the same time. Over twice their normal size, the young women are at the same time ridiculously exaggerated and quietly compelling. The work raises questions about beauty ideals, the Sisyphean quest for perfection, and our complicity in judging women both for not being beautiful enough, and for desiring this perfection.