Monday, May 5, 2008

skin / wallpaper

i was browsing a news site last week when i came across an article about Ariana Page Russell's projects Skin and Wallpaper.

i love the idea for the project. it turns out that Russell has dermatographia, which makes her skin have an extreme reaction to pinching, scratching, scraping, etc... so she can trace symbols on her skin and the marks will stay for 30 minutes at a time.

i think she's made pretty cool use of this, turning it into an exploration of skin as a decorative wallpaper covering for the body... she says "I am investigating where one surface ends and another begins, the bloom of adornment, and how shifting exteriors reveal as they conceal."

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