Artist Creates Handheld Works Molded to Look Like Skin

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An artist creates handheld works molded to look like skin.

Skin, with all of its wrinkles and imperfections is beautiful, yet bizarre at the same time.

One remarkable Edinburgh-based artist, Jessica Harrison has used this ideal to create handheld skin art.

The small sculptures are slightly grotesque looking on first glance. The displays look like real skin containing aged, enhanced lines and sometimes hair. In actuality, the exhibits are derived from casts which were taken from the artist’s palms and back of her hands.

The handheld pieces are molded in the shape of home furnishings. There is a correlation between the skin-like surface and the objects the works of art portray. Harrison states that she “re-describes the body in sculpture through the skin, offering an alternative way of thinking about the body beyond a binary tradition of inside and outside.”

One of her works features a seemingly simplistic armchair. Sculpted by the cast, the grooves of the skin can clearly be seen. A throw pillow resides on the seat with long hairs sticking protruding from the piece.

How do you like the artwork?