10 Artists Breaking All The Rules

Who's more daring: The woman who re-imagines stripping as social commentary or the one who overhauls the artistic style that made her famous? In truth, that's the wrong question to ask. Both are incredible. They represent just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the tremendous pool of talent making waves in the art world.

And, in our book, there's nothing bolder — or more beautiful — than a woman who does what she wants and makes no apologies for it. Which is precisely what we're celebrating here today. With some help from the tastemakers at Revlon, we're paying tribute to a few of the gutsiest artists out there in the latest installment of "Beauty Nation: The New Provocateurs."

These 10 inventive women will challenge everything you think you know about "creative types." Whether they’re using their hands, a camera, or even their naked bodies to tell a story, these artists are creating works that challenge how we see the world. So, if trailblazers and envelope-pushers are your thing, keep reading. You might find your definition of beauty upended.

Evie Falci

Never underestimate the power of bedazzling — Evie Falci has built a career on it. She’s foregone typical canvases and paintbrushes in favor of constructing her glittery masterpieces out of materials others might consider kitsch, like rhinestones, denim, studs, and leather. It’s the juxtaposition of these unexpected textiles that makes her tapestry-like creations so eye-catching — you can’t look away.
There’s an overt femininity to her art, but beyond the pretty textures and optical illusions, Falci’s examining the relationship between the more feminine and masculine elements of her craft, and leaving the interpretation open to each viewer. Give one of her pieces a look — we guarantee you’ll get lost in it.
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Why my materials are different
"Well, within art, anything goes. But, I’m attracted to things that are naturally attractive. Rhinestones reflect light so there’s already a real lurid quality to them before I do anything to them. It’s also exciting and challenging to me to take things that are kitschy and try to transcend their cultural value. That’s where the magic happens, where the material doesn’t change, it’s only in the arrangements and forms that I put them in that allows them to do something different. With these materials, it would be easy for someone to write a piece off, but because of the scale and the amount of craft and labor that goes into it, it pushes it to that next level."
Art is more than what you see
"I was predominately using rhinestones at first, but then I started adding studs on leather as a natural counterbalance — the masculine to the feminine. I’m more interested in trying to take things that are super feminine and make them very strong, not masculine, necessarily, but just more powerful — and vice-versa, taking things that are stereotypically masculine and infusing more of a sensitivity or a feminine value. It’s interesting to play and push something in a direction that it’s not accustomed to being in — to make it even more powerful and undeniable."
What beauty means to me
"I like to create pieces that overwhelm the viewing field, so it has a very physical relationship to a person. Beauty is an experience that takes you out of your normal everyday routine to transport you someplace else even for just a brief moment. It’s something that shocks you and makes life seem magical or special for a moment."
What I do to feel glamorous
“I usually go for really smoky, dark eyes and, of course, red lips. You can roll out of bed in your pajamas and throw on a red lipstick and you’ve got your shit together.”
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