marked

image: tear sac, a close up of a crying womans eye, she is wearing a translucent sac attached to the skin underneath the eye to catch tears

tear sac  2004, silicon, 40 x 23 x 2mm, photography by Greg Harris

image: etched (fingers), a close up image of three fingers with the word 'cut' etched into the surfce of the middle finger, commenting on the sensations associated with the jewellery site (finger) and residue ring pieces leave behind on the skin

etched  2004, skin giclee print, 330 x 470 x 40mm, photography by Greg Harris

image: etched (wrist), a close up of a wrist with the word 'pulse' etched into the surface of the skin, commenting on the sensations associated with the jewellery site (wrist) and residue bracelet pieces leave behind on the skin

etched  2004, skin giclee print, 330 x 470 x 40mm, photography by Greg Harris

image: etched (neck), a close up of a womans neck with the word 'choke' etched into the surface of the skin, commenting on the sensations associated with the jewellery site (neck) and residue choker pieces leave behind on the skin

etched  2004, skin giclee print, 330 x 470 x 40mm, photography by Greg Harris

image: displace, showing an image of two rings made from camera lenses made to distort the finger when worn,either to minimise or maximise skin details on the finger
image: displace, shows a large round displace ring being worn on the middle finger with the camera lens minimising the finger it is worn on significantly (ie to half its standard size)

displace 2003, sterling silver, lens, 27 x 27 x 27mm photography by Greg Harris

image: the blistering artwork, shows a close up of four fingers of the left hand, the wedding ring finger is wearing an ephemeral ring made from a naturally formed blister on the skin

blister-ring  2005, skin digital print, 330 x 470 x 40mm, photography by Terence Bogue

image: rash stamps, shows three solid sterling silver oval units that have pins embedded in them and arranged into particular patterns. One has a rectangular formation of pins, another has a circular ring of pins and the third has a fleur de lis pin arrangement. The rash stamps are small tools designed to impress the pin designs into the skin and irritate the top layer when pressed into the skin surface
image: rash stamps, shows a forearm that has a manufactured rash of circles all over it, made using rash stamping tools (units that impress pins into the skin and irritate it when pressed in)

rash stamps 2004, sterling silver, skin, varied dimensions, photography by Greg Harris

image: handmade, an image of two fists next to each other with word 'handmade' temporarily tattooed across the fingers like a love hate tattoo

handmade, 2008, skin, temporary tattoo, 360 x 210 x 35mm, photography by Terence Bogue

marked is a series of works investigating the residue left behind by jewellery that resonate on the skin long after a piece has been removed.  This project uses skin as a self-referential mechanism to demonstrate how skin surfaces can be gently manipulated to respond to ephemeral embellishments.  In this manner, the premise behind the marked series is the ability of skin to transmute into temporary articles of jewellery, topically and through introduced means, in addition to the more common role as a site for adornment. 

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