PROJECT HYBRIDS

Playing God
Newcastle University has succeeded in creating human-cow embryos. These “
cybrids” (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.

Lost humanity
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. 

Alienating
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 boundaries in contemporary research and aesthetic surgery and highlights the changing perceptions of beauty while defining and distinguishing natural beauty and artificial beauty.

 

Technique & materials
multimedia/photography and painting on cowhides 
 

 



 

 

Hybrid Pb01, studio 2016

Studio 2015

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