Artwork title: You always get under my skin
Materials used: Prosthetic leg, fiberglass, body filler, paint, stainless steel, steel.
Prosthetic donated by: Goodwill Orthopaedics
After receiving my donated leg my initial thoughts were to make a smooth durable surface to paint on, I proceeded to structurally join the knee, calve and foot sections using fiberglass and then car filler, sanding each layer to achieve a perfect surface.
This process led to the discovery of a very beautiful pattern forming throughout the leg with an almost skin camouflage arrangement which has many connotations to conflict and some of the reasons for the requirement of prosthetic limbs; these patterns could also be seen as a transparent view of all the bruises and damage under the surface of the skin that happens in a lifetime, the bits know one else gets to see. The process of filling imperfections in the fiberglass with the car filler and sanding each layer also plays with the ideas of healing and moving on which the prosthetic limb helps a patient to achieve.
The involvement with Spare Parts exhibition has been an amazing experience, learning about the world of prosthetics and also developing a new working method which has in turn opened up a new tangent for my future arts practice.
100% of this sale will be donated to COPE in Laos.