If the blason exposed the body to the imagination, images of the flayed body left little to it. Rather, it peeled away the protective coat of the skin to show explicitly what lay underneath. There are so many bizarre images of the human form flayed. It’s quite something.
Takes the red silk hankie and holds it up and out
To see figures holding their own skin as if removing a jacket or lifting a skirt to show what lies beneath. The skin like theatrical curtains parting to reveal the hidden drama on the interior stage.
A series of flayed and self-revealing images
These figures collude in their own exposure. They’re bold, or coy, or reflective. They participate in the anatomical gaze with apparent insouciance. It’s a kind of striptease. Designed to invite the frisson between subject and onlooker of a taboo broken.
The skin is an organ.
It forms a protective barrier.
It works as a thermostat.
It has many many tones.
People can be very prejudiced about this.
Have you ever seen really white skin?
Does white skin exist?
More questions. Please take your cards marked 5 and 6
How large is the average surface of human skin?
– Half a sq metre
– 1 – 2 sq metre
– 4 sq metre
What does the average skin of a human weigh?
– 2 kilos
– 1 kilo
– 3 – 4 kilos
Would you like to know the answer? It’s obviously not a fixed number in each case but on average we are talking 1 – 2 square metres and 3 – 4 kilos.
CU ancient skin
Skin: the most visible sign of ageing. The organ that makes billions of pounds a year for the cream makers pretending we can hold back the years. My friend says “I want people to stop saying ‘you look so young!’ I say to them, this is 84. Get over it. You can say I look well, but not that I look young! “
My mother prided herself that she never looked in the mirror.
The undertakers did their thing with her face soooo badly! They made her up all pink. This was kind of traumatizing. My mother’s skin was pale olive. She was not a pink person. Definitely not an English rose. How dare they paint her a generic colour? A colour that in fact hardly exists in real flesh? Because these men took it upon themselves to decide what would be bearable to look upon at death.
Because death is not like life, it’s like death. And we’re terrified of the real aspect of the body, of the corpse.
Puts head down on the podium top as if to be guillotined. Slides head out of wig. Places it inside the ruff