The skin is a “primary means of communicating with others, of establishing signifying relations; it is, moreover, an “inscribing surface” for the marks left by those others.”-Didier Anzieu, The Skin Ego.
The skin is a visual autobiography, constantly evolving as we age. It is our most outer layer. It is what we see of another, and we can read a considerable amount from it. This has always been visible to us and is seen throughout renaissance art through to medical documentation today. My interest is in how the skin functions and the processes it performs. Through the use of video and photography I document both the existence of the process, and the visuals of the resulting function.
My work intends to draw attention to this outer layer, it is something that we all own and that we all have a different relationship with, whether it makes an impact on our life or not. My aim is to isolate the skin from the body, resulting in the skin being the focus of the viewer as they are immediately aware of the existence and functionality of the skin.