Challenging Beauty Standards with Sculptures and Sound

Visceral and existential; Bora, a French multidisciplinary artist known for her sculptures, her digital pieces, and her sound performances. She takes her fascination with the human body combined with the experimental nature of her music to create mesmerising and engrossing 3d figures. While completely self-taught in 3d digital sculpture making, she holds a bachelor's degree in Sound and Performance from Catalyst - Institute for Creative Arts and Technology, Berlin.

With her Instagram full of arresting imagery and the unique and haunting music accompanying them, it may be surprising to hear that she is the daughter of classical musicians and someone who played the violin for a decade. However, while grateful for her education, Bora grew frustrated with being put in a box of a single genre:

“I love classical music but when you play an instrument you are more like an interpreter of the composer, and that’s beautiful but I wanted to be more experimental with my art and embrace my own language.”

“I feel like nowadays with Instagram and other social media sites, our most used sense is sight and for me, the sound is not explored enough.”

As an artist who utilises both graphics and sound, it is undeniable that both mediums feed off each other in Bora’s art. The figures, even when still, have a flow to them, as instead of smooth rigid figures we see curves and waves rippling through their bodies. A great example of this is her newest piece, “She’s so celestial”. The hypnotic, hot pink, the figure was made from a scan of Bora’s own body which she then sculpted and applied movement to through software. It can be looked at as a woman dancing with her reflection, doing the opposite of what society expects her to do by choosing to love and celebrate her body.

Bora is fascinated with bodies and their stories, even enlisting some of her friends to model for her sculptures. She interviews them, asking how they perceive their bodies and through that conversation, ideas for new artwork are formed. “I cry when I cry about you” was made by scanning the head and torso of her friend’s body and sculpting the rest. They had a long conversation about transforming oneself and being a hybrid aspect of identity and eventually, they told her they dreamt of being a mermaid. In true Bora style, she did not go down the route of making the mermaid pretty in the eyes of society but produced an image one can only describe as raw. The creature retains a pair of legs even though it has a tail and two arms attached to its back. The way the limbs are purple is as if it has emerged from a human body and its old vessel is decaying now that the creature is finished with it. This could possibly be closer to what a mermaid would look like in real life.