From David Howes' essay "Skinscapes" included in The Book of Touch, edited by Constance Classen
"...while we may perceive aspects of the environmental with all of our sensory organs, only the skin can manifest the marks of what it has perceived. The skin may be dried by the sun and roughened by the wind; it bears the scars and bruises of its scrapes and bumps and the imprint of what has pressed into its soft surface, it becomes warm through perceiving warmth and cold through experiencing coldness. On a winter's afternoon, you can tell it is cold outside by touching the skin of your son who has just come indoors; you cannot tell it is white with snow by looking into his eyes. The eyes may see all manner of sights, and show no signs of it. By contrast, the skinscape and landscape are linked in multiple ways."
"Skinscapes" combines the historical narrative of rag paper making with material presence and the nautical symbols of permanence and impermanence. All pieces are cast paper using pulp made from repurposed bed sheets.
This work was made during an Artist in Residence at the Lost Coast Culture Machine in Fort Bragg, CA.