You are getting under My Skin
6 - 28 November 09
“Personalization of the body is an attempt to declare its
ownership or to simply differentiate the ‘other’. The human
tendency to guard, reveal, hide and nurture that which we think as
ones own is evident in the tendency of marking and unmarking
oneself. The visual manifestation of this body is encountered on
the surface layer of the skin. The outermost surface is a space
for visual and physical encounters. Skin marks the boundaries of
bodily spaces. No wonder that the control of this outer layer has
become a strategic practice to control the other.
“’Out, damned spot! out, I say!’”
Macbeth Act 5,
scene 1, 26–40
This attempt to control and own gets under your skin. Thinking
through the skin may lead us to a frenzied attempt to wash out all
seen and unseen marks of Duncans blood. Or else one may position
oneself on more profane versions of the cosmetic industry instead.
While thinking of the profane one may not leave the attempts to
attain purity at length of both thought and physique. A few drops
of the sacred water purifies the skin of the impure gaze of the
To mark or not to mark (the skin)
To be pure or not to be pure (skin)
To reveal or not reveal (the skin)” - Koumudi Patil
Koumudi Patil’s first solo exhibition ‘You are getting under My
Skin’ will be held at The Guild, Mumbai from November 6 to 28,
2009. Patil received her B.F.A from Sir J. J. School of Art,
Mumbai and M.F.A from Kala Bhawan, Santiniketan.
Koumudi is currently working as a
Faculty at the Art and Design Programme of IIT Kanpur. Patil has
also been involved with several public art projects and group
shows over the past few years.