Gigi Barker- Body of Skin

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Gigi Barker creates skin-like covered seats that are infused with pheromones to create the sensation of sitting on human flesh. The silcone blobs take on the identity of human flesh and the smells that come out of them are human pheromones to enhance the viewers’ experience of the work. This furniture not only retains the texture and visual qualities of human skin but it also releases scents of the body when they are moved and sat on. In allowing her audience to interact with the artwork they can touch and fully engage themselves with the work. Recreating the sensation of sitting on a naked body might make some viewers uncomfortable. However by having the sensation of skin in everyday objects like seats, may enhance our everyday experiences like sitting down and feeling the sensation of another body may be beneficial for people suffering from loneliness.



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