Second Skin: Parka (2013)


Custom-made parka with extended snorkel hood and extended arms

Second Skin: Parka (2013) is based on the concept of a second skin which is common to a range of clothing-related fetishes. The garment acts as a fetishistic surrogate for the wearer’s own skin – a second skin. Here, the parka and the straitjacket each provide a super-stimulus that is more intense than the normal response associated with real skin. In online spaces describes the act of donning a virtual or simulation of the human form. If I wear these garments I become the stalker. When he wears them he is closer to me. These two garments fit like a second skin.

Interview about this piece for Trauma, Dublin Science Gallery

From the Modelling Psychosis series. See other works in this series Manifestations, Second Skin: Straitjacket, Bad Hand, Taking your Hand. Read the artist’s statement here