Katy Martin

Paint on Skin

Limning My Own


a series of pigment prints

on cotton rag paper

dimensions variable

(mostly 29" x 20")

In Chinese painting, it's not so much the marks you look at as the way the energy moves around the marks.  That space is empty but full, full but empty to allow for the flow of ch'i.

In my current work, I first paint on canvas.  Then I stand in front of that to paint on, and photograph, my own skin.  The two substrates are oddly equivalent.  Figure and ground become one and the same.  The gesture, the movement, extends through both.

The body opens up, empties out, disappears.