frankenlovely is a new photo collage series by artist lee gainer. the series features different female faces that are made from fashion magazine photos spliced together to create entirely new faces. Print editions are limited to 7 prints per image plus 2 artist proofs. They are printed using HPZ2100 printer using pigmented inks on 16 x 16 inch photo paper with a satin finish.
The models displayed on the covers of women’s fashion magazines are presented as the epitome of modern beauty. Some women attempt to emulate the attributes of these cover models by using various products and even through surgical means. It is not unusual for a woman to request the hairstyle of this singer from their stylist or even the lips or nose of that actress from their surgeon. If we can pick and choose specific features and re-combine them as we please, is beauty simply a collaboration of features? Is loveliness merely a sum of our parts?
Lee Gainer is a contemporary artist who works in the Washington DC metro area. She uses found imagery and objects to visually analyze unwritten rules, hidden messages, the psychology behind these ideas and beliefs, and how they alter our behavior.
Lee’s work has been featured in The American Prospect, The New York Times, The Exposure Project, and at Designboom. She is currently a resident artist at the Arlington Arts Center located in Arlington, Va. Her work has been exhibited nationally and can be viewed at leegainer.com