Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Skin Art

Artist Ariana Page Russell explains:

"My own skin frequently blushes and swells. I have dermatographia, a condition in which one's immune system exhibits hypersensitivity, via skin, that releases excessive amounts of histamine, causing capillaries to dilate and welts to appear (lasting about thirty minutes) when the skin's surface is lightly scratched. This allows me to painlessly draw patterns and words on my skin, which I then photograph."

Though my initial reaction to this was "eww", (I thought it was one of those deals where she carved her lover's name into her skin) I think it's actually pretty cool. I'm always fascinated by people who take what would normally be considered an irregularity about themselves and turn it into a strength.

She also does these wallpaper cut outs that are made entirely out of skin. How? I don't know. I like it, although it kind of gives me the willies.

Fuck...I'm totally supposed to be working on my Jenny Holzer response. Anyway, Her other stuff:


Strange Fruit said...

This is amazing. Great post.

Lauren said...

Shucks, Kelly got here before me.

Oh man, that's fucking amazing. Not that I would wish to have that disease, but it's such a unique way to handle a condition like "Awesome! Free chalkboard!"

I wonder why all the eyeliner though, it's unnecessary even for fashion.

zombieuterus said...

Yeah, the eyeliner is kind of annoying.