London-based photographer Rosanna Jones (b. 1994) is peeling back the skin. Her mixed media images start with prints of her fashion photographs, which she then rips, cuts, burns and otherwise distresses to break down surfaces and boundaries of identity. She paints and processes the prints, dissolving the edges of her subjects into their surroundings. The tactile manipulation of the photographs gives them a sensuous effect, rich with emotion, that defies the flat image. Through Jones’s deft restructuring and blending, she emphasises the fluidity, malleability and porosity of personhood: by no means are we confined to the limits of our skin.
Skin was featured in GUP#55, the Wonder issue.