2021

The Skin we wear 

Having a background in fashion design I have always been drawn to clothing and how it can be used as a tool of self-expression and signal social and cultural identity.  Keeping this idea in mind, I wanted to focus on an area that could help with my understanding of the term identity.  Like clothing, I wanted it to be something that can be observed. I wanted the idea to be something that is integral to being human and that we have the choice to modify. I decided to look at the skin we wear. I like the similarities between fabric and skin. They both create a boundary between the outside and inside world. I wouldn’t say that my skin as a whole, or, one particular area of my skin makes me Samantha Edwards. However, I couldn’t survive without and if it was altered or damaged, it would challenge my perception of myself. In a society as a white cisgender female, I have benefitted from my white privilege, been challenged by the idea of successful aging, and questioned ideas around the aesthetics of my body hair and blemishes. These are just some of the social constructs that have skin at the heart of them and challenge what identity means to me.

Observation male face 
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Observation penis 
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Observation male face 
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Breasts
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Vagina
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