Plastic Surgery

Oil on canvas, 70 x 100 cm and 100 x 100 cm

… pictures of body parts before and after cosmetic surgery, allowing the spectator to decide which is perfect before or after. Although books containing the formula for the model human being are no longer published, this is presented to us now in glossy magazines, on television and in cinemas, and the public vies to look like these ideals – with the help of blonde nurses and doctors. But who is it who decides this perfection, can the prototype human be found anywhere? Or does it only exist in books and magazines, which perhaps prompts the question: is it blond?

Iðunn Vignisdóttir, New Icelandic Art, National Gallery of Iceland 2004


  • The National Gallery of Iceland