Saturday, 10 October 2009

Pierced Portraits

Dutch artist Amie Dicke, born in 1978, makes these pieces of art through modifications. She uses techniques like piercing or cutting through images of fashion models to create a frayed effect and layered expression. In addition to the cutouts she’s most famous for, she likes to modify paintings and photographs by nailing and ripping the images.

This modification is part of a general desire to rediscover how the face is presented, and transgresses the interpretation of our understanding of beauty. Our notions of what is possible and what may be achievable are increasingly becoming blurred, and in terms of make up application we are now beginning to ask 'what if?' This ability to question our design sensibilities is one that underpins all design practice, but is rarely debated using make up as a central premise for discourse.

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