as an artist i think you can get away with some pretty perverse stuff. here's a perfect example of that was created in 1991 when Philippe Meste was still at art school. this looks like some oversized mechano set torture device but instead of a barbie inside and small, it will take a living naked woman.
for more images of the installation peice of it being assembled around a model then look at his homepage entry for Sex Moderne 1
as he progressed artistically he went on to make an epoxy resine clam shell version Sex Moderne 2 a scant few years later in 1995-96/. this version is much more streamlined and very reminicent of the allen jones mannequin body detailed earlier in this blog.
the white plexiglass shell encases a woman leaving only her sex and breast exposed. its been exhibited four times and been used in two films in 2002 - Morgane Rousseau 'Porn Movie (Rush)' and Ovidie 'Lilith' 2002.
another entry on an art blog is here for Sex Moderne 2. thanks to SlinkySkin for the link via blackice.
i wonder if gord from the House of Gord considers himself an artist or realises he's on the cutting edge of contemporary art?