(C) 2015 Chin Tsao. Photograph: Solmaz Farhang

Superficial Drawing

An Approach between Skin and Sky

Chin Tsao

Moles unexpectedly show up on the skin. They look like small colour patterns, even though they are constructed by nevus cells (and sometimes related to cancer). The cause of mole formation is linked to genes, sunlight and hormones. They gather, often intensively, on some parts of the skin.

Are nevus cells moving randomly? Or do invisible pathways and orders exist between these cells?

Maybe the connections of those paths refer to a specific natural form of the body, in a similar way that Astrology (the imagination of stars) tries to find rules between random points. Maybe moles are an inverse of stars, because sunlight causes these points.

On the other hand, modern medicine tries to purify the body, to become as healthy as possible. How will our body change in the future? Should the fear of pain and death, the limitations of the body, be avoided? Should feelings of our bodies be purged and genes and cells controlled? Maybe our skin colour will be uniform without any of these patterns.

Through repeatedly copying an image of a body, the pathways of moles become clear and the body slowly disappeares. In the end there are light and dark spots in the background that form the begining of the itinerary. This drawing process might uncover the paths of the moles on the skin. The paths connect to each other to become abstract geometric images that might be an additional way to read our body.

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Superficial Drawing
May 26, 2015