Sara Aziz, A Pakistani artist recently showed a series of objects called Painfully Beautiful at Gallery Rohtas II in Lahore. The objects, a set of ‘contraptions’ that, at the cost of comfort, can technically be used for the purpose of enhancing facial features, are a satirical comment on the pursuit of the artificially constructed ideal of beauty.
In Aziz’s words, “The Pouter, for example could result in poutier lips after prolonged use. The Face Lifter, much like the name suggests, is a stunning golden hairband that can give its wearer a face lift – pulling up eyebrows, reducing crowsfeet and pronouncing cheekbones. The Frown Fixer, studded with pearls and stones, is designed to prop onto the nose with acrylic pads and uses a spring like system to push out frown lines.
The Neck Elongator is a neck brace, made in brass and gold plated, with hand painted ‘meenakari’- a tradition South Asian art of painting jewellery with specialized paints. It has adjustable lengths, easily adaptable for any length of initial neck. With time, the wearer can keep lengthening the height of the neck piece.”