onkey Skin, sequin paint, 1990
Peau d’âne, sequin painting
This is a photographic series in which ORLAN incorporates elements from the story of Peau d’âne into self-portraits.
Peau d’âne is a princess whose father has asked her to marry him because he has promised his mother, the queen, that he will only marry a woman more beautiful than herself, and Peau d’âne is the only such woman. His daughter escapes his father’s desire by dressing in the donkey’s skin.Show More
Painted poster, 1988
In 1989 and 1992, ORLAN received two grants from FIACRE and the Fonds d’Innovation Artistique et Culturel en Rhône-Alpes, to take up a residency in Chennai (then called Madras), India. For her second three-and-a-half-month trip, she was accompanied by Stephan Oriach, a director with whom ORLAN had collaborated in the past.Show More
Geometric Problematic Painting, 1971-1974 Paris, France
Painting Problematic Geometric Paris, France
Like many artists, ORLAN began her career as a painter. She didn’t want to create anything mawkish and she didn’t want to use a paintbrush, such a common, traditional tool!
ORLAN paints with a gun from a garage near her home. She’d convinced him to lend her a space to work in, away from the dust, outside opening hours.Show More