When Is It Enough

The sculpture titled "When Is It Enough" delves into the complex theme of the attraction, risks and danger associated with plastic surgery.


Through its design, it likely reflects the societal pressures on women specifically to maintain a youthful appearance. This can be seen in the marketing of anti-aging skincare, cosmetics, and fashion trends that emphasize youthfulness. In social groups and the workplace, there is a subtle but persistent expectation for women to look young and vibrant. This pressure can influence women's choices towards altering their appearances through surgery.


There is no doubt that plastic surgery can offer significant benefits. It can boost self-esteem, correct physical imperfections, and enhance confidence and overall well-being. But there is another side. The ‘when is it enough’ side where risks of excessive procedures are overlooked. Overdoing plastic surgery can lead to health complications, unrealistic expectations, and even addiction to altering one's appearance.


The feminine sculpture captures the intricate lines and markings sketched before surgery. These delicate details are essential in guiding the surgeon during the procedure. Her puzzle piece dress serves as a powerful metaphor for her individuality as a person. Just like the pieces of a puzzle, each unique aspect of her life, experiences, and past comes together to create a larger, more intricate picture. This representation captures the essence of how our diverse experiences, both positive and negative, past, and present, shape who we are as a whole and the choices we make as a consequence of it.


The artwork may serve as a thought-provoking commentary on the fine line between enhancing one's features and losing touch with one's natural self.


  • When Is It Enough
  • Rika Haasbroek
  • Stoneware with 24 carat gold accents
  • 31 x 21 x 14 centimeters
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