ORLAN is a French artist, born May 30, 1947 in Saint-Étienne, Loire. She lives and works in Los Angeles, New York, and Paris. She was invited to be a scholar in residence at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, for the 2006-2007 academic year. She sits on the board of administrators for the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, and is a professor at the École nationale supérieure d’arts de Cergy-Pontoise.
Although Orlan is best known for her work with plastic surgery in the early to mid-1990s, she has not limited her work to a particular medium.