Jun
28
2005
<em>Plato’s Cave</em>
 

Claudia Hart
Plato’s Cave, 2005
Lambda print
33 x 49.75 in / 83.8 x 126.4 cm
Edition of 6

“e” is for “Eve” and “e” is for “electricity.” “e” can mutate her body and her face, adapting it to coordinate with her environment. “e” is beautiful but she is still the ultimate fashion victim: her face so pliable that its transformations render her ultimately faceless. Converging the potential of cosmetic surgery and bioengineering with the consumer reality of endless marketing cycles, “e” morphs between woman as source code and as consumer product. She is an emotionally sensitive digital blow-up doll, meant to elicit your empathy. “e” is crossing from our historical construction of woman as ideal nature to the technocratic reality of a near but science-fiction world in which the artificial has uneasily crossed the boundary into the real.
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