Furniture Sculpted From Skin and Flesh

April 8, 2013 | Julia Dawidowicz

British artist Jessica Harrison created the fleshy sculpture series “Handheld” by extracting the skin off of her own arms and legs and molding them into these wonderfully unsettling mini-furniture pieces.

Just kidding.

The artist made casts of her hands to create synthetic skin material, but the resemblance is uncanny, no?

Moving beyond a bi-directional model, Harrison proposes a multi-directional and pervasive model of skin as a space in which body and world mingle. Working with this moving space between artist/maker and viewer, she draws on the active body in both making and interpreting sculpture to unravel imaginative touch and proprioceptive sensation in sculptural practice.