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Thin Skin - Nettles

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  • Arlene Turkington. Thin Skin - Nettles, 2003. Image by Scott Lee
    Arlene Turkington. Thin Skin - Nettles, 2003. Image by Scott Lee
  • Arlene Turkington. Thin Skin -Thorns, Spikes, Nettles, 2003. Image by Scott Lee
    Arlene Turkington. Thin Skin -Thorns, Spikes, Nettles, 2003. Image by Scott Lee

Region:
Ontario
Date: 
2003
Dimensions: 
53 x 18 x 10 cm
Materials:
leather, plastic, wood
Techniques:
assemblage
Type:
mixed media, sculpture
Donor/funder gift credit: 
Gift of the artist, 2004



Description

Gloves provide us with a thin barrier between our skin and the skin of others.  The barrier in this case is a thin, cured, stitched animal skin.  Turkington choose to disturb the functionality of...

Gloves provide us with a thin barrier between our skin and the skin of others.  The barrier in this case is a thin, cured, stitched animal skin.  Turkington choose to disturb the functionality of these gloves by puncturing, burning and shrinking them.  She then adorned them with plant spikes, thorns and nettles.  They can still cover our human skin but contact with others has been severely reduced. Stressed and disembodied they strive to escape their condition, reaching out to the viewer for rescue. Tortured beyond use they have crossed over into another realm, beyond utility.




Artist Profile

Arlene Turkington was born in Toronto, ON. She moved with her family to Waterloo in 1987. She attended the Sheridan School of Design and studied fine art and dance at York University. She holds a...