This exploration juxtaposes inanimate vessels on various parts of the skin to arrive at a more designed and decorative landscape and examines the enhanced communicative values which result.
Our skin is like a vessel for body and soul. It keeps us together and protects our inner being from unwanted approaches. It has a complex physiognomy with vegetation which varies from place to place, and a landscape filled with light and shade, rises and falls. It has hidden entrances and false passages to confound and tease the unknowing. It responds with heat and cold, colour, exudation and contraction. For all the sophisticated functionality, the style and design is universal and relatively plain; the differences largely left to the devices of colour and tone. The art of decorating the skin to enhance sexual attraction is evolutionary. Red, representing engorgement and excitement is expressed widely across the animal species. It is not surprising that cosmetics commonly use red tones as a base. Presence of body and facial hair heralds the coming of age and we are programmed to understand that hair covered parts are inherently linked with sex, even moreso if they are red. We look for entree.
Vases take many forms and are tailored for style, and function. Most serve as receptacles but are also decorative. The decorative aspects make them prized and valuable. They usually have obvious entrances and are always blind ending.
The addition of rosy organic shiny contoured shapes to the bland skinscape extends it's expressive potential by lending ambiguity, with pustules and pocks, folds and rolls, orifices and dead ends. The marriage of vessel to vessel blends the decoration and style of the found object with the known landscape of the skin to provide surprising variation in form and promise of functions not previously encountered. The amalgamation leads us to exuberant and strangely foreign stereotypes of sexual innuendo.