Text written by GHA
German artist Lisa Büscher uses sculpture and airbrushing to create hyper-realistic models which discuss different themes surrounding the actuality of life. Her previous experience in visual effects and prosthetics lends to the creation of sculptures that appear extremely human and detailed so one questions the boundary reality and fantasy.
In many of her pieces, added details such as metallic materials and wet-looking bold colours, half-dissolved pills and dipping liquid contrast with human elements.
Her use of silicone creates a skin like texture, malleable and soft to touch. The choice of material allows for a more true to life representation of human bodies.
By also including skin inconsistencies and abrasions, Büscher comments on the reality of human bodies within a digital age. Within the rise of photo editing, one can start to feel detached from the real world.
Büscher’s work successfully highlights an absence from reality by focusing on over-exaggerating particular focal points, such as eyes, hands or bone structure to create a feeling of uncanniness on the viewer. As one gains a sense of familiarity to Büscher intricate detail, the viewer is sidetracked by the slight changes in proportion. The sculptures themselves appear awkward, overexposed, and almost aggressive; as one views Büscher’s works they become increasingly immersed in a false sense of reality. In this way, Büscher successfully comments on human insecurity, as the sculpture’s pose appears both innocent yet intimidated. Turned in shoulders, and uncomfortable hand placements, creates a sense of disturbance for the viewer— almost as if they shouldn’t be looking at them.
Within the context of current times, Büscher’s sculptures creates a narrative surrounding the difficulty of finding personal and global identity. As the viewer starts to assume things about the figures themselves as the viewer creates a pre-conceived identity for the figure. Whether this is based on looks, stature or added elements we are constantly assuming.
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