In his “Mask of Perfection” series (2013), for example, he assembled a group of flawless twenty-somethings from his ensemble and subjected them to the ruthless, clinical gaze of a leading plastic surgeon—and, by extension, of contemporary society. As he describes
the project: “[The surgeon] was given the assignment to do what it takes to ‘upgrade’ these ‘patients’ according to the standards of her profession. [They] were initially evaluated via a set of five clinical images […] and then examined in person. Finally, they were marked with preoperative markings […].” The resulting photographs hone in on these young women, whose youthful, beautiful faces are jarringly marked with little black Xs and dotted lines demarcating areas for improvement, via filler, Botox injections, and surgery. If this is how perfection is defined in our age, then may imperfection rule the day.