I became inspired by Damien Hirsts pieces so began looking into how i can put “skin” on display. I began using the element of light to look into creating a transparent appearance whilst the pressed together perspect compressed the skin to make every scale visible similar to a microscopic approach. I began to use a roller over the perspex to really create a flat image. At this point in the project i felt that i had began to set a marker for where i wanted my work to go, the compression of the piece made me think about what as humans we are made up of. I started to research into the human body but what lays deeper than the eyes can see. Human cells replenish every seven years so in essence we are reborn from the inside yet the outside remains and this is something i tried to portray through the use of pressing and perspex.
I began to look into the process of aging ie how our skin elasticity decreases over time how we develop wrinkles, how we begin to sag, and how over time we become unable to fight bacterial infection. I wanted to use this idea in my work by putting age on display. Therefore, I began to look at Damien Hirst and how he displays animals in containers. He is able to preserve life yet simultaneously display the fragility of it.
The piece itself looks at the idea of how as living beings we find it impossible to think about or even confront death. Therefore he has displayed it in a way that is confrontational and in some ways aggressive. The shark itself is a raw representation of fear, as living beings we fear death, we try to cheat it. In many ways we find it hard to accept that in one moment we can be stripped of our lives and there will be nothing.
The piece itself although the shark is on display the four walls surrounding it can be perceived as an incubator linking to the idea of preserving life and in ways referring to how we shield ourselves from death. Living beings don’t spend time thinking about what comes after, we think about what happens in the now. The shark itself as an animal has connotation of creating panic and fear and is Stereotypically used in horror films such as “jaws. “Although the piece is hard hitting the animal looks peaceful and in some ways angelic but raises the question on whether this is because it is contained linking to the idea of is death less unnerving when we can contain and control it pressing on the thoughts of should we be able to decide who lives and who dies .
I carried on creating prints but this time i began to treat the material for what it really was, fragile. i find some subtlety and beauty in these prints. The prints as a whole contrast to the connotations of a snake they withheld an elegance and a likeableness. I really loved the texture that came through. Even though they are not”bold” prints they are gentle and relate to the theme of human skin transparency which is a theme that is running throughout my developing pieces.
I began using the material to draw. i wanted to look into transferring a texture onto a piece of paper. the material itself was difficult despite the touch of it being rough and harsh the skin itself was quite fragile therefore the process became difficult as it kept splitting in two and flaking away. This allowed to me to relate it to the human form and the fragility of bodies and in essence the fragility of life. The last image in the series reminded me of a virus the way in which some of the bold spots have connotations to a nucleus. Skin is the largest organ of the body and can easily be infected, it acts as a protective layer but also a gateway to disease and this is something i would like to build on in my work.
I began to look into the material at a more detailed angle. i began to look at the skin and relate it to the human form in particular how as we age demonstrates the idea of time passing. The texture of the skin itself is rough and when stretched to its limits finds it hard to bounce back referring to the growth of skin and the translucency skin begins to have as it ages.
This was the first piece of work i produced.
The piece itself has no planned structure and displays the snake skin as a whole. i wanted to focus on the beauty of the genetic make up of the skin. The piece itself displays a rawness and the material itself isn’t immediately obvious simultaneously the conceptual work behind it is vague.
I have displayed the skin in a way to overlap each piece linking to the constriction of a of a snake. The wooden board i have used behind highlights the transparency of the skin as a whole and that is something i would like to develop by maybe looking into using perspex as a way in which to display.
The skin itself works as a metaphor of renewal, it displays the passing of time but also looks into the fragility of skin itself whilst also relating to the idea of metamorphis. I wanted to display the skin where it was exposed as i aspire to make comparisons between the human form and the snake skin where similar to a snake skin is the largest organ of the body and has the ability to repair whilst also acting as an armour as it protects the body against pathogens whilst also regulating temperature.
The next stage of my piece will be to look deeper into the exposure of skin such as texture under light and the break down of layers. I will attempt to display the passing of time looking into our own mortality.