Marisa Bruno- August 2017

Barrier

Marisa Bruno

Through my large scale portraits I investigate the impact of time and change on the body, specifically through how surgeries, age, weathering and injuries alter the skin. Each face relates a story; the choices made by the individual depicted and their unique environments. Traditionally, scars and imperfections are hidden or masked; these paintings challenge this negativity, reveling in the colors, lines and textures and celebrating the regenerative nature of the human body. Even if an injury or surgical cut doesn’t heal perfectly or wrinkles are permanently etched, it proves that our bodies are resilient and capable of shielding and repairing. The imperfections of the skin are something to be celebrated, as they reveal the skin’s function as a living barrier and record of life experiences.