Ariana Page Russell

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Ariana Page Russell is a fine example of an artist really working with what she’s got – in her case, a skin condition called dermatographia. Here she explains it in her own words:

My own skin frequently blushes and swells. I have dermatographia, a condition in which one’s immune system exhibits hypersensitivity, via skin, that releases excessive amounts of histamine, causing capillaries to dilate and welts to appear (lasting about thirty minutes) when the skin’s surface is lightly scratched. This allows me to painlessly draw patterns and words on my skin, which I then photograph.

Ariana Page Russell - Index
Ariana Page Russell – Index

Russell also takes these images one step further creating temporary tattoos and wallpaper from the photographs of her own skin welts.

Ariana Page Russell - Pivot (detail)
Ariana Page Russell – Pivot (detail)

I am an artist & purveyor of obsessive projects based in Hebden Bridge, England. My work involves the accretion of large numbers of small objects - pins in fabric, knots in string or hundreds of envelopes - to make sculptures that deal with fragility, loss, repetition, obsession and time.

10 thoughts on “Ariana Page Russell

  1. I also have this skin condition and have had it for 4 years. I would be interested in comparing symptoms if you would like to get in touch

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  2. I also have this skin condition and have had it for 4 years. I would be interested in comparing symptoms if you would like to get in touch

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