<em>“e” in Thierry Mugler’s Sexy Robot Outfit, Vienna</em>

Claudia Hart
“e” in Thierry Mugler’s Sexy Robot Outfit, Vienna, 2003
Digital print on Arches watercolor paper
44 x 72 in / 112 x 183 cm
Edition of 6

“e” represents the condition of the contemporary woman in today’s postindustrial, technological society. “e” can mutate her face and body, adapting it to coordinate to the style of her clothing, here all the designs of my own creation mixed with those of the most extreme idea-driven designers of contemporary fashion. “e” is beautiful, but she is nevertheless the ultimate fashion victim: her face is so mutable that its transformations render her actually faceless. Converging the potential of bioengineering with the contemporary reality of endless fashion-based marketing cycles, “e” is a metaphor of woman as the ultimate consumer product in a dystopic future world in which the artificial has uneasily crossed the boundary of the real.
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