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Parsons School of Design MFA Photography program theses2011 Theses ➔ Second Skin

Thesis


Related people/organizations

Parsons School of Design. Photography Department. (sponsoring body)
Rachael Stollar (photographer)

Date

August 2011

Description

Culturally, it can be argued that certain forms and textures are embedded in our understanding of what we perceive as sensual. Visually, we can perceive the tactile quality of materials that are soft and unblemished and associate them with desirable bodily qualities. These desirable qualities are achieved through a process of domination over one’s own flesh; the manipulation of one’s appearance to satisfy a perceived cultural standard. Fabric has become our body’s “second skin,” able to create a culturally idealized body on the surface, attached to the skin but not of it. In terms of clothing, fabric’s surface has reinforced these ideals on the bodies of both men and women, but, in more recent centuries, for women especially, fabric has simulated not only skin and shape but also voice and, most importantly, sexuality.

Identifier

PC020403_2011_rstollar

Citation

Rachael Stollar. Second Skin. August 2011. Parsons School of Design MFA Photography program theses; 2011 Theses. New School Archives and Special Collections Digital Archive. Web. 22 Sep 2019.

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