Skin Writing

In the past we’ve shown you tons of artists who use human skin as their canvas: Bart Hess, Alexa Meade, Emma Hack, Liu Bolin, and Fred Lebain to name a few. Ariana Russell takes it to a whole new level, however; her skin is not only the canvas, but the medium as well. I’ll let her explain:

I have dermatographia, a condition in which one’s immune system releases excessive amounts of histamine, causing capillaries to dilate and welts to appear (lasting about thirty minutes) when the hypersensitive skin’s surface is lightly scratched. 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.

Pretty cool, right? Not to mention she doesn’t have to pay for supplies (very economical). Check out some more of her work on her portfolio site!


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posted : Friday, April 15th, 2011

tags : skin_art art odd skin_writing dermatographic_urticaria dermatographism