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The Artificial Face by Thomas Rusch

The Artificial Face by Thomas Rusch

The Artificial Face by Thomas Rusch

The visual impressions of this large-sized color photographs of the photo project The Artificial Face by Thomas Rusch have an attracting and disturbing effect to the viewers. The faces of his models are masked almost beyond recognition with milky clothes and surgical gauze soaked in red. Only the eye sockets and the mouth mark human identity. In this series, Rusch melted together the difference between skin and mask, the human body and artificial texture. Moreover, he achieved this photos even without digital modification.

Rusch’s masks created with make up and transparent materials isolated the face’s features. The face, instead of simply being a part of the body, reveals itself as a cultural concept. Like in real life, his masks reveal by covering and they mask by revealing themselves.

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