Sensitive Skin As Art.

3 Nov

 

 

Imagine you could turn your own skin into art and then back into skin, kinda like a human etch-a-sketch. Ariana Page Russell is a visual artist whose work features intricate patterns created using her own skin as a canvas.

Russell has dermatographia, an immune system disorder that causes histamine swelling in response to light scratching. The effect lasts about 30 minutes: “This allows me to painlessly draw on my skin with just enough time to photograph the results. Even though I can direct this ephemeral response by drawing on it, the reaction is involuntary, much like the uncontrollable nature of a blush.”

 

You can see more of Russell’s amazing work on her site, at the Magnan Metz gallery, and at Collabcubed.

 

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