Skin Markings

01 April - 20 April 2008
Park

Andrew Verster was one of five finalists in the highly prestigious Sasol Wax Art Award 2007, for which he created Skin Markings: a monumental, suspended installation of panels of wax-impregnated tissue paper.

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Andrew Verster was one of five finalists in the highly prestigious Sasol Wax Art Award 2007, for which he created Skin Markings: a monumental, suspended installation of panels of wax-impregnated tissue paper. Applied with a hot iron, the wax transforms the tissue paper into a translucent material and is used to laminate layers of paper together into sheets which, when stained and marked with coffee, tea, tumeric and ink, adopt the look and feel of old parchment.

“Skin is one of the ideas behind these works – memories of holding the mummified hand of a twelfth century Irish knight in Dublin; of drawings I did of Inca mummies trussed in the foetal position in the Cusco Museum; and more recently, my research into local tattoo parlours and the intricacies of this revived art. Lurking in my mind are other, sinister associations which the word ‘skin’ conjures … associations with reliquaries where a holy piece of body is enshrined – memories of seeing a piece of Mary Magdalene’s neck in Vezelay, and other preserved remnants … The skin-like quality of the installation, and the tattoo marks, refers simultaneously to the exterior body and to internal markings; the works provide a bridge between interior and exterior space – the private and the public.” – Andrew Verster

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