fly lace nude by Arlette Ess





cosmetically enhanced

nutritionally balanced

hormonally regulated

neurochemically stabilized

fully functional



The idea behind the fly lace is an idealistic attempt to cope with some of the complexities of modern life. The fly lace pattern represents a synthesis of two conflicting identities most of us are living with. We’re a product of nature on the one hand (in our original environment likely to be visited by flies), and ‘sophisticated’ members of society on the other (clad in elaborate man-made fabrics, covering up our smell and modifying our shape…)

The fly lace is a playful approach for functional members of society to be closer to themselves, remembering the wild creatures we are, or in this case, could be.

‘Fly Lace’ was part of the exhibition ‘INSECT ODYSSEY: Insects, books and the artistic imagination’ in 2022 at the Salisbury Museum, UK.

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