The multilayered Body Worlds by BORA
words by Nya Furber
Pauline Canaveso describes their artistic journey as 'multidimensional'; their techniques range from textiles, sculptures, painting and digital art. The multimedia approach Pauline takes to their art helps to 'dismantle and interrogate standards of beauty.' Scrolling through Pauline's portfolio will show you a lush, strange landscape of familiar things made unfamiliar: body parts are turned bright purple; proportions become skewed; skin meshes together with ribbon and hair. Pauline's work confronts the viewer with bodies that are surreal but beautiful, free from binary limitations on beauty.
We caught up with Pauline to uncover their multidimensional approach and personal intentions and inspirations:
STK Where are you from and where are you based?
Bora I am French, from a little village near Lyon. I currently live in Lyon.
STK Your work is very multimedia, moving through a lot of different techniques. How would you describe briefly what you are doing as an artist?
Bora I perceive my artistic journey as multidimensional, the fact that I explore different mediums happened unintentionally - out of curiosity - yet slowly all of them started to form a whole universe I never wished to divide. I let them be and exist, and transform freely. I guess my main focus is imagination invested as a form of activism, I believe in its power and fluidity.
STK How did you get into it initially?
Bora Art has always been a way to express myself since childhood - at that time it was not conscious, more instinctive I guess -, I felt puzzled from an early age because of life events. Art opened something, a sort of unlimited gate with a possibility to embrace who I am: sensations, joy, images, a strong panel of emotions to explore and led me to find other forms of expressions that became my main language. A second skin.
It’s always been with me, I carry it wherever I go, that makes it very intriguing. It is hard to identify what provokes it and how it flows. We constantly get stimulated by all of our senses. I'm trying to capture this with no censorship and follow my intuition without expecting to control the form of it. I surf on the possibilities and emotions I get to experience in my imagination and I dream and wish to share it with others.