Infra-thin

imageMy thoughts on the boundaries between inside and outside the body have been helped by the discovery of Duchamp’s term Infra-thin. This is a word Duchamp used for measuring the almost imperceptible margins of differences between two items. Infra-thin measures the all but immeasurable interstice between two things. Infra- thin is impossible to define, it can only be illustrated.

I have decided to experiment with tissue paper casting and finer materials to explore a sense of transparency. Thinking carefully about thresholds between inside and outside the body, the skin divides outside from inside, separating visible from invisible. Clothing acts as a surrogate, fake skin. Skins are multilayered, and can be shed little by little and is the most extensive organ of the body. There are skins that cover and protect and skins that expose and endanger and skins that perform both. Simultaneously skins are the surface of a depth structure . Sensitivity to difference is central to the infra- thin.

When making my tissue paper casts I experimented with different thicknesses in my pieces to create as much transparency within them as possible. This transparency enables both inside and outside to be seen at once. I feel that I can explore this further by experimenting with different types of paper to cast with.

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