Ke Tao (Cara) is a sculpture-wear artist, a jewellry artist, also a performance artist. She uses metal as a mean material to create structures in different scales( a piece of jewellry or a sculpture) around the body to express the emotions of the body.
In the project Delusions, I express my feeling of having body dysmorphia. I wore my sculpture in public as a way to talk to the word that ‘This is my body, it’s not perfect, and I don't care whether you like it or not.’.
My work is also an exploration of the relationship between imaginary body and the real body, as well as the relationship between the material and the body. The reason for choosing metal as a medium is its malleability, it can be very hard or very soft, and it is a material with two contrast properties.
We have very limited visual information about our bodies from ourselves, and most of the time our bodies only act as a medium for our imaginations, or "images." We call this "image" of the body "the outer edge of the imagination.".
In the project, I give the body extra space, just like in the imagined image, the body is always sensitive, changeable, lonely and strange. The body is soft, the lines of the body are soft, but I use hard metal to shape the soft boundaries of the body, because the internal struggle, the fear is hard, the desire to break free from the physical shell is strong.
Our imagination of the body is the boundary of the body. To liberate the body, we need to break the boundary of our stereotype of the body. With dissatisfaction, anger, and fear, there is a constant question: Should we dance with this imperfect body?
Of course we should dance!
Don’t be afraid to dance!