Of Skin and Skin

The circularity of dust is intrinsic to the verb ‘to dust’, intended both as to ‘remove something, cleanse a place, and as its opposite: to ‘sprinkle something with a small portion of powdery matter, as in “to make dusty. It is this circularity of ‘dusting’ which informed the final position of my artefact. I decided to receive the dirt and replace it with something which encapsulated the material and preserved the clean surface that I had left behind after laborious cleaning. 

I created resin pieces, which were made by collecting the dust in water from the porch, I then boiled it down so I was only left with the residue. I cast the resin in three layers, using the dust from the three days I cleaned from the porch, and in homage to Antigone ultimate act of three layers of dusting. I took the resin before it has fully cured from the initial mould, and slumped it over the porch steps, creating a 1:1 cast, or a new skin. 

'Of skin and skin’ began with the exploration of the physical materiality of skin; absorbent, malleable and formed, and its similarity with synthetic sponge. Mark Fisher’s description of capitalism based on the film ‘They live’ by John Carpenter informed the use of material.

‘A monstrous, infinitely plastic entity, capable of metabolising and absorbing anything with which it comes into contact’

- Mark Fisher, 2009.