The Twisted Anatomy Of Olivier De Sagazan
Long live the new flesh
“Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Every time I look at Olivier De Sagazan’s work, the quote from the book of Matthew tumbles into my head. For Olivier De Sagazan, the flesh isn’t just weak, it’s a soft, malleable, profane, grotesque, beautiful putty. Or perhaps the putty is flesh. He reminds us that our bodies are fluid, growing changing things that are fueled by other living things which we naturally convert into feces simply by matter of existence. He reminds us that our only guaranteed destiny is to be eventually reduced back into the mud. (Or, in some cases, feces).
The video-taped performance piece posted below is some of the best and most shocking sculpture ever made and, like our own bodies, it is only temporary. The horror of our mortality is shoved down your throat and there is absolutely no way to wrap your mind around what you are seeing.
Photos courtesy of http://nefdesfous.free.fr