Permanent repilation

In the Permanent Repilation we see a laser putting hair on vaginas. This is the opposite of what most people know laser technology from; namely hair removal. Hence the name: Repilation instead of epilation.

All vaginas were hand painted on wooden panels before undergoing the permanent repilation procedure.

The Permanent Repilation works were created to promote creative usage of technology in art. I have used laser cutting technology in many of my projects, including:
Self portrait in corrugated plaster
Laser painting
Red building
Adam & Eve Engraved

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Permanent Repilation I
30×19,5
Acrylic paint on wood

PRESS RELEASE: Permanent Repilation
Permanent Repilation is a project by Dutch artist Koen Fraijman where vaginas (painted on wooden panels) undergo a laser procedure. In the one minute video we see a bald vagina being placed in a laser cutting machine, after which the machine carefully starts lasering hair on the vagina.

In the 1960’s it was a trend among women to remove their eyebrows. Many years later, after the trend has passed, these women still had to redraw eyebrows on a daily basis. Nowadays it is a trend among women to permanently remove hair from their private parts. In a couple of years, some of these women might want their full bush back. Though hair removal procedures are advertised as being permanent, Fraijman’s project suggests a new ‘procedure’ to actually bring these hairs back. Although only tested on paintings, the ‘procedure’ takes 10 minutes, after which a full bush will become visible. Fraijman also provides before and after pictures from the ‘procedure’, as can be often seen in advertisements for permanent hair removal and other beauty procedures.

A large amount of people know laser technology from hair removal. In many of his projects, Fraijman uses this laser technology in different but innovative manners. To bridge this knowledge gap, he wanted to create a project which would show people the possibilities of laser technology in art. Thus he decided to use laser technology in the opposite way as it way known from: re-growing hair instead of removing it. Hence the name of the project: Permanent Repilation instead of epilation.

Fraijman (‘93) was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. After graduating from Delft University of Technology as an industrial design engineer he decided to focus on making art, instead of working as an engineer. In his work he combines, re-invents & changes existing techniques in such a way that they result in new techniques. He strives to combine the technical skills learned in university and his self-taught artistic skills. Other clear examples of this are his works Red Building (http://fraijman.nl/red-building/) and Corrugated Plaster Self Portrait (http://fraijman.nl/corrugated-plaster-self-portrait/), for which he used laser cutting technology in new innovative manners. Fraijman is also known from Street Light Evolution (http://fraijman.nl/street-light-evolution/), a work created for the Amsterdam Light Festival, which is now permanently placed in Delft, the Netherlands.
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Permanent Repilation II
30×18,6
Acrylic paint on wood

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Permanent Repilation III
30×19,5
Acrylic paint on wood

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