Juuke Schoorl's Skin Art Stretches Skin to Make Different Shapes

By: Alyson Wyers - Nov 20, 2014
References: juuke.nl & designtaxi
Based out of the Netherlands, photographer Juuke Schoorl is using human skin as a canvas to manipulate forms and create a new kind of skin art. The photographic series called Rek (stretch in Dutch) uses image capturing methods and inexpensive items such as nylon fishing rope and tape to change how skin looks. The artist alters the intriguingly stretchy biological material to temporarily take on different forms, shapes and textures, often giving it a grotesque aspect.

The skin art showcases the medium's flexibility and adaptable nature. Schoorl emphases to look beyond the skin's function "as our own biological upholstery" to see it as an artistic format "possibly in the form of a dress-less fashion."

Knowing the images are not photoshopped make them especially thought-provoking.