Judy Clark Catalogue [male symbol] Skin 1973

Artwork details

Artist
Judy Clark born 1949
Title
Catalogue [male symbol] Skin
Date 1973
Medium Graphite, plastic, glass, ink, card, transfer lettering, tape and clay
Dimensions Unconfirmed: 387 x 464 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1973
Reference
T01827
Not on display

Display caption

Judy Clark printed these 'body maps'
from her own skin, and that of a close male friend. She made them by rubbing powdered graphite over an area of skin, and pressing Fablon (adhesive plastic) over it. The sheets were then peeled off.

 

The artist then organised the sheets into
a grid, and sandwiched them between plates of glass, as if prepared for scientific analysis. She said that she was interested in 'forensic science and the potential
for power that residual body matter can acquire'. The drawings in the centre show where the skin samples were taken from.

 

September 2004

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