Contemporary Peruvian sculptor Darko Cuglievan sculptures enact metaphorical reminiscence of conventionally feminine images only to confound this metonymic connection to absurdity; beyond reality, Mr. Cuglievan’s sculptures satirically recall the surrounding world only to expand possibilities, transforming our visual perception towards a world as vibrant, enticing and multifaceted as these myopic sculptures.
Mr. Cuglievan creates a fantastical experience by reappropriating symbolic images of the female body conventionally expressive of desirable beauty. The legs and lips of a woman are highlighted through conventional dress as ideal feminine features; high-heels accentuate the delicate curves of a woman’s form while lipstick and cosmetic products accentuate the favored features of a woman’s face. Mr. Cuglievan takes this notion to an imaginative extreme by expressing feminine identity through an opulent visual fantasy. His “Boots” and “Lips” series confront viewers with statuesque sculptures of disembodied legs and lips, complete with high-heeled shoes and seductive grins. The sculptures visually engage viewers to extend perceptions of appropriate dress, imagining a world where neon hosiery and candy-coated shades of lipstick pervade daily vision. Mr. Cuglievan transforms the body to communicate expanded perceptual possibilities of contemporary imagery, enacting human consciousness towards exciting explorations of new definitions.