Art.sy Insight: Ted Noten's Purse of Wonders
The white mask is a replica of the face of Nefertiti (ca. 1350 BC), the Royal wife of the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten, who was considered a remarkably beautiful woman. Some say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, others claim the perception of beauty depends on hard facts, such as the ideal proportions. Noten created a Nefertiti-mask with tiny holes to inject either ‘botox’ of ‘filler’ in the face that hides behind the mask. The injected fluids will subsequently sculpt the face according to the rules of perfect beauty. In case the beautifying operation does not succeed, a golden suicide pill offers a last resort.
(The design of the mask was based on the Marquardt Beauty Mask)
3d printed nylon. Selective laser sintering method.
Signature: Backside silver oval ATN 1/3 2012
Since 2005, Dutch jewelry designer Ted Noten has broadened his repertoire to include furniture and art installations. His eponymous Amsterdam atelier (abbreviated ATN) is beloved worldwide for its wry and irreverent design objects. The four-person team has produced everything from a brass “self-portrait ring” to a brooch cast from a wad of chewing gum sent in by a client. Many of ATN’s designs subvert the appearance and context of luxury goods, like acrylic designer bags with treasures (pistols, lizards, rings) trapped inside.
Dutch, b. 1956, based in Amsterdam, Netherlands