People tend to judge others through various visual aspects, and tend to even view them as being grotesque. Orlan partakes in what is known as carnal art, which is commonly mistaken for body art. A grotesque art form that is defined through Orlan’s manifesto, “self-portraiture in the classical sense, but released through the possibility of technology. It swings between disfiguration and refiguration. Its inscription in the flesh is a function of our age. The body has become a "modified ready-made", no longer seen as the ideal it once represented; the body is not anymore this ideal ready-made it was satisfying to sign.” This is distinct from Body Art due to the fact that Carnal Art does find purification through pain. It is not interested in the result of the plastic surgery but the process itself of the surgery. Capturing the transforming of the modified body is the art that defines Orlan and it has become a place of public debate. Orlan refers to herself as this saint in her eyes, art is deemed to be disturbing not only to the viewer but also to the artists. Her violence that she creates is viewed in her eyes as a beauty that no one has yet to see, but will understand. That is what makes her grotesque because as she is replicating all these individuals from other cultures for these absurd reasons and while yet she thinks people will appreciate and understand it is the complete opposite. She refers to this transformation as Self-Hybridization. Then through this she takes it to the next level, and does these surgeries in which she is awake and conscious. People would call her crazy yet watch in disgusts or awh of what she is doing. Not good for someone with a light stomach. She resembles a French philosopher Georges Bataille. In his writings he talks about what people would do for self-presence, and it goes as far as torturing victims. Nature of humans is to exist, and what Orlan is doing is justifying that this is true by embodying the...
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