By Robyn Collins
French artist Orlan has lost her forgery suit against Lady Gaga. Orlan claimed Gaga stole concepts from two of her sculptures, Bumpload and Woman with Head, for both the Born This Way album artwork and a scene from the music video for the title track. The case also called out Lady Gaga’s reading out of The Manifesto of Mother Monster as a reference to Orlan’s Manifeste de l’art Charnel (Manifesto of Carnal Art). The sculptor asked for $31.7 million in damages, which is 7.5 percent of the profits generated by the album, Artnet.com reported.
Not only was Orlan denied any payment, she was ordered to pay Gaga and her record label $22,000 each in fees as dictated by France’s legal code for civil proceedings.
“The court’s ruling found that an artistic installation cannot be reduced solely to its physical elements,” the judge ruled.
“Nothing has played itself out, since I have filed an appeal,” Orlan told Artnet News via email before referring further questions to her attorney.