Skinscape at the Ontario Science Centre
SKINSCAPE at the ONTARIO SCIENCE CENTRE
Skinscape, a mixed media installation, reminds us that our skin, the largest organ in our body, stores complete information about our life’s adventures and misfortunes. It is an evolving landscape - a canvas of our life. The skin is a floating permeable barrier that divides our living bodies from the rest of the world and provides habitat for microbial populations.
Using fish netting as a metaphor for the skin’s matrix, Skinscape is an immersive installation of microscopy images of my skin, over 400 Petri dishes, paintings and textiles. The microscopic becomes macroscopic as it flows from high above on a wall to overhead, putting the viewer deep inside the skin. The viewer now experiences a dynamic ecosystem of bacteria, blood flow, bruising and blood vessels working together to heal a scar.
Skinscape was conceived and created while I was one of the first Artists-in-Residence with the Ontario Science Centre in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto.