Ariana Page Russell’s Body Art

Ariana Page Russell’s Body Art

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Beauty is especially skin deep if you’re artist Ariana Page Russell. She has dermatographia, a condition in which lightly scratching your skin causes raised, red lines where you’ve scratched. It affects roughly 5 percent of the population, but Ms. Russell is the only one who has turned her puffy, ruddy, sensitive skin into elaborately patterned high art.

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In her latest show, “Blouse,” which is currently hanging at the Magnan Metz Gallery in New York City, she created photographs, video art, and temporary tattoos using images of her rosy body designs to make a powerful and prideful statement about being comfortable within one’s own skin. She turns her body into a canvas at her studio in Brooklyn and that’s where we caught up with the blonde haired, blue eyed, artful ambassador of blushing.