A Second Skin | 2017
Gum Bichromate process using breast milk
22 x 30"
A Second Skin is a series of portraits taken with a dehydrated Kombucha Mother (Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast). This wrapping acts as a protective shield or barrier for the individual whom wears it. A Second Skin describes the anthropomorphic qualities we adhere to inanimate objects—how this "skin" is analogous to a doll, blanket, or good luck charm. The material has a similar tactile quality of a piece of fruit leather and becomes malleable when heated by the body of the wearer, thus molding to the shape of the figure. Printing these images in the Gum Bichromate process using breast milk as pigment creates a dialogue regarding maternal relationships; specifically questioning if/how the maternal relationship we have with ourselves functions. This body of work explores ideas of dependency, vulnerability, coping, and attachment.