Skin – a covering, a containment that defines the shape of the subject. A membrane that acts as a barrier between exterior and within. A defence, but also a vulnerability. It can be cut, pierced, peeled and bruised, usually having the power to heal and restore itself, sometimes leaving scars. It is through our skin that we perceive the passing of time in both ourselves and others. Here then, an exhibition about some of life’s journeys from the perspective of a still life artist – some personal, some observed, but all in some way connected with the concept of surface and skin.
Image: Anita Mertzlin, Don’t look back, 2011, oil on Belgian linen, 150 x 150cm.