sculpted skin furniture by jessica harrison
 
sculpted skin furniture by jessica harrison sculpted skin furniture by jessica harrison
dec 16, 2013

sculpted skin furniture by jessica harrison

sculpted skin furniture by jessica harrison
‘high back chair’, 2009
mixed media
7.5cm x 6cm x 9.5cm
all images courtesy of jessica harrison

 

 

 

persuaded by a fascination in human anatomy and bodily functions, UK-based artist jessica harrison sculpts miniature pieces of furniture with materials made from casts of her own skin. each of the small objects are representations of interior items — a grandfather clock, armchair, and sofa are just a few — and are built from the relief of molded structures duplicated from the palms and backs of her hands. a mix of mediums, like unruly strands of hair, complete each figurine in the ‘handheld’ series, seeking to consider the relationship between interior and exterior spaces of the body. harrison re-imagines corporal components through a sculptural practice, offering an alternative way of thinking about our physical form.

 

 


‘clock’, 2009
mixed media
4cm x 2.5cm x 18cm

 


‘armchair’, 2009
mixed media
8cm x 7cm x 6cm

 

 


‘sofa’, 2009
mixed media
13.5cm x 6.5cm x 6cm

 

 


‘straight backed chair’, 2009
mixed media
5.5cm x 4cm x 9cm

 

 


‘small chair’, 2009
mixed media
4cm x 4cm x 7.5cm

 

 


‘table’, 2009
mixed media
6cm x 8cm x 5cm

 

 


(left) ‘small table’, 2009
mixed media
5.5cm x 5.5cm x 6cm
(right) ‘large round table’, 2009
mixed media
6.5cm x 10.5cm x 10.5cm

 


(left) detail of ‘armchair’
(right) close-up of ‘small chair’

 

 


(left) detail of ‘high back chair’
(right) close-up of ‘sofa’

  • completely rank

    ricky says:
  • this make me feel sick

    mario says:
  • wonderfully disturbing and really, pretty gross.
    in no way reflective of the unspeakable horror of the human skin “works” from the Third Reich. in some strange, talismanic way, they reclaim human epidermal layers as an artistic medium.

    mkc says:
  • quite disturbing

    BL says:
  • persuaded by a fascination in human anatomy and bodily functions, UK-based artist jessica harrison sculpts miniature pieces of furniture with materials made from casts of her own skin. each of the small objects are representations of interior items — a grandfather clock, armchair, and sofa are just a few — and are built from the relief of molded structures duplicated from the palms and backs of her hands. a mix of mediums, like unruly strands of hair, complete each figurine in the ‘handheld’ series, seeking to consider the relationship between interior and exterior spaces of the body. harrison re-imagines corporal components through a sculptural practice, offering an alternative way of thinking about our physical form.

    And she does this more than once as if it is appealing on a purely aesthetic level. Once is disgraceful enough, thank you. There is nothing more to discover after that.

    What she is doing is such a perfect contradiction, she literally smothers any inclination to think about her work. To the extent that a form is sculpted in subordination to our corporality, it is denied. To the extent our need of such things, as corporal entities, that is denied. The work figuratively eats itself. It is nothing more than an immature juxtaposition.

    Ernst Breithaupt says:
  • I really fail to see the point of these…

    Francoin says:
  • The reactions to this crack me up. Maybe people should start thinking about what they find so beautiful about their skin and hair when it’s wrapped around a skeleton covered in muscle.

    Dylan says:
  • It is disturbing, yet, I think, we should think about the reasons why we find these disturbing. Think about all the animal skin that people wear, then think about what another comment says about the third reich, then think about what we deem human. Look at yourself, see the contradiction in our ways of living? Since something is not human, it is not gross or wrong to display it as “clothes”, “art” or wathever, but when someone DARES to use human tissue as material, we lose our minds. That my friends, is fear, fear because we see ourselves desacralized. And I think it is noteworthy.

    Gaspar says:
  • I don’t know what it is about human nature, but spite is such a fundamental force in so many peoples lives.

    Ernst Breithaupt says:
  • The Gross out factor is deliberate. The Artist could have alternatively made this look beautiful too. After all we are human and love Human skin. Maybe it shows an ugly side of us.

    DeeArr says:

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