marked

image: tear sac (2004), an artwork showing a close up of a womans left eye, she is crying and wearing a translucent sac attached to the skin underneath the eye to catch tears © Tiffany Parbs, all rights reserved.

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

image: etched (2004), an artwork showing a close up image of three fingers with the word 'cut' impressed into the surfce of the middle finger below the knuckle, commenting on the sensations associated with the jewellery site (finger) and residue rings leave behind on the skin © Tiffany Parbs, all rights reserved.

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

image: etched (2004), an artwork showing a close up of a wrist with the word 'pulse' impressed 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 © Tiffany Parbs, all rights reserved.

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

image: etched (2004), an artwork showing a close up of a womans throat 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 © Tiffany Parbs, all rights reserved.

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 (2003) shows an image of the middle three fingers of a left hand horizontally across the screen, the middle finger is wearing a large ring made with a bezel set camera lens. The section of the finger shown through the lens ring top has distorted the finger shown through the lens and reduced it to half it's size © Tiffany Parbs, all rights reserved.

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

image: blistering (2005) an artwork showing a close up of four cropped fingers of the left hand, the wedding ring finger is wearing an ephemeral ring made from a naturally formed blister on the skin © Tiffany Parbs, all rights reserved.

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

image: 'rash stamps' (2004), 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 to create a rash in the pattern used © Tiffany Parbs, all rights reserved.
image: 'rash stamps' (2004), 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) © Tiffany Parbs, all rights reserved.

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

image: handmade (2008), an artwork showing two fists side by side with the word handmade printed across the knucles in a similar way to a love hate tattoo © Tiffany Parbs, all rights reserved.

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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