Newcastle University has succeeded in creating human-cow embryos. These “” (cytoplasmic embryos) are created by injecting human DNA into eggs of cow-ovaries. Research projects like these push the boundaries of malleability in a way that can also be seen in the field of surgical-aesthetic medicine.
Perfection vs beauty
In this project, Lieverse intends to shed light on the pursuit of perfection, the key question being to what extent perfection is an intrinsic quality of beauty.
First, he creates a 'perfect' face. By using several photographs of top-models, a new non-existing face is being composed. Applying Phi (golden ratio) for -scientifically proven- most pleasing composition. For utmost perfection, the face is then being mirrored to create identical left and right face-halves. The striking result is that the faces lose their humanity instantly with the faces being mirrored.
Referencing to the hybrid experiments, Lieverse works on cowhide. While keeping symmetry in the shape and composition, the random patches of the hide cause the face-halves to differ, which has an alienating effect on our interpretation process.
This project reflects on shifting in contemporary research and aesthetic surgery and highlights the changing perceptions of while defining and distinguishing natural beauty and artificial beauty.
Technique & materials
multimedia/photography and painting on cowhides
Hybrid Pb01, studio 2016
Hybrid MR1, studio 2014
mixed media on cowhide, 160 cm x 160 cm
Hybrid MB2, studio 2013
mixed media on cowhide, resin, 160 cm x 160cm, private collection
Room X, studio 2015
mixed media, cowhide, 250 cm x 500 cm