Sewn Skin

2012

Sewn Skin

I began with the orange because its skin was most like ours. It is a porous, soft skin that is fairly flexible. I began by peeling the skin or digging the inside out of the orange. Then the parts of the skin lay out to dry for a day or two after which they are sewn together with a soft orange thread.. The act of peeling the skin apart and ripping out the inside flesh is a violent action. Then attempting to place them back together by piercing and binding their skin together in the act of sewing is yet again a painful metaphor. Our parts become distorted and deformed when we lay them out to dry and we are never able to put them back together exactly as before. The distortion and manipulation of its original form is what gives it a unique beauty which is never exactly the same as any other orange.

 

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