Artist Turns Skin Condition Into Compelling Visual Work

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Ariana Page Russell has a hypersensitive skin condition called dermatographia that informs the bulk of her work. Her immune system releases excessive amounts of histamine. If she scratches her skin, this will cause her capillaries to dilate and welts to appear on her skin for about 30 minutes. This gives her enough time draw on her skin before photographing it, capturing a temporary inflammation. She often integrates cut-up photographs of her skin into some of her work, and even creates temporary tattoos out of these images. Russell sees the body as an index of passing time and human experience, and skin as the organ that visually reflects this transience. Russell currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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  • Ash

    I have Dermatographism also but it has never looked this amazing.

  • Giordano Bruno

    she’s just allergic, I had it. Drink less coffee for a start