Skin and Blister

©Claire Pearce. All Rights Reserved 2019

Skin and Blister, Claire Pearce, C-type photographic print, 2018, 24.1 x 16.5 cm each

©Claire Pearce. All Rights Reserved 2019

 
©Claire Pearce. All Rights Reserved 2019

Skin and Blister, Claire Pearce, C-type photographic print, 2018, 24.1 x 16.5 cm each

©Claire Pearce. All Rights Reserved 2019

©Claire Pearce. All Rights Reserved 2019

Skin and Blister, Claire Pearce, C-type photographic print, 2018, 24.1 x 16.5 cm each

©Claire Pearce. All Rights Reserved 2019

 

Skin and Blister is a diptych of self-portraits of my sister and I in my teenage bedroom in Derbyshire, UK. I see the teenage bedroom as being a space in which fantasy can be constructed. Dressing up with clothes and make-up in the teenage bedroom is a ritual which creates a site of experimentation and performance that can transcend the limits of fantasy and reality.  

 I’m also interested in the relationship between sisters- ideas of sameness and difference; personal identity and the identities we form through our relationships and love. Sisters are a recurring motif in storytelling, especially fairy tales where their relationship is often larger and more powerful than themselves.   

 The presentation of the work directly references Mike Kelley’s 1990 photographic works Nostalgic Depiction of the Innocence of Childhood and Manipulating Mass Produced Idealized Objects