Skin, 2016

Our skin is a barrier, a shell, it is what protects us from the world around us while it allows us to breathe and take in what we need to live.

Moths appear to be all skin – folded wings that merge with a wall or a flat surface to rest and take off in flight with the blink of an eye.

The skin of a carved surface starts talking about the beauty of slight imperfections and the way a fold comes into being from a flat surface. In the scale of the palm of our hand a thin stone surface, richly veined, shows the subtle disguise of blood flowing and tears rolling and sunshine kissing. Have you every had a moth sit very still on your hand? A fragile wonder of camouflage, folding up to merge with your skin before it flutters away, looking for the brightest spot in a dark and starry night…


Vanessa Paschakarnis


... as published in the book "Out of the Bush Garden", curated by Francesca Valente for Imago Mundi.

Blue Moon, 2010 was exhibited at Sculpture Today: New Forces, New Forms; 2011/2012 at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Vanessa with her "Bestia Romana", 2009
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