Publication Date: Aug 2023
RRP: $49.00
ISBN: 9781922979087
Format: Hardback
Size: 300mm x 210mm
Pages: 120
Category: Art, Design & Architecture, Coming Soon, Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA)

Thin Skin

Jennifer Higgie and Chloe Aridjis

This item will be released August 1, 2023

Thin Skin is an exhibition of contemporary and historical paintings by Australian and international artists who explore the liminal space between figuration and abstraction. Guest curated by Australian, London-based writer, curator and former editor of frieze magazine, Jennifer Higgie, it features works by thirty-six artists.

As a term, ‘thin skin’ is joyfully ambiguous. Thin Skin refers not only to the delicate membrane that separates body, mind and environment, but to other borders: thresholds between reason and unreason, wisdom and foolishness, life and death, the conscious and unconscious, laughter and weeping. To have ‘thin skin’ is to be hypersensitive to the world around you. Paint is a thin skin on a surface.

Some of the artists in Thin Skin employ absurdity, slapstick, parody, caricature and/or dreamlike logic to explore themselves and their place in the world. Others depict bodies in rich, often intertwined, conversations with the psyche, the land, domestic or work environments and with animals. Thin Skin also embraces the idea of ‘thin places’, an ancient term of mysterious provenance that refers to locations with a unique or peculiar energy. They are places that attract spirits; they appear when the distance between earth and heaven narrows. In Thin Skin, the ephemeral is made tangible.

The fully-illustrated catalogue features new writing by Jennifer Higgie and a specially commissioned short story by Chloe Aridjis, award-winning Mexican-American novelist and writer.

Jennifer Higgie

Jennifer Higgie is an Australian writer who lives in London. Her latest books are The Other Side: A Journey into Women, Art and the Spirit World (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2023) and The Mirror and the Palette: 500 Years of Women’s...
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Chloe Aridjis

Chloe Aridjis is a Mexican novelist and writer who lives in London, UK. Her novel Book of Clouds (Chatto & Windus, 2009) won the French literary Prix du Premier Roman Étranger. Her second novel, Asunder, was published by Chatto in...
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