For artist Ariana Page Russell, a light scratch on her body turns into swollen, reddish, raised skin. This allergic reaction is due to a medical condition known as dermatographia. Rather than shying away from her affliction and seeking to conceal it, Russell exposes her skin disorder in a visually arresting way for her series d Skin.


The temporary skin designs that Russell manages to source on her own body exude a sense of vulnerability. The artist uses her physical sensitivity to create a very personal form of art that presents both abstract patterns and text. The images she captures of her inflamed, bare skin are intimate portraits of a woman who has come to terms with her body's involuntary reactions.