Second Skin

This series was created to show how many indigenous cultures use scarification for ritualistic purposes, such as rites of passage or to prepare children for adulthood. This form of permanent body modification that involves cutting or burning a pattern or design onto the skin.

I used banana box liner paper as I wanted to display how the process of producing bananas to feed worldwide demand has been, and continues to be, environmentally destructive. In the late 1800s, entrepreneurs from Britain and the United States, using morally dubious means, obtained vast areas of largely unpopulated but rich and biodiverse coastal rainforest. From this time forward, banana cultivation has involved clear-cutting tracts of primary rainforest in favour of banana monoculture. These plantations are abandoned, and the process repeated, once factors such as soil depletion or pest infestation begin to lower yields. Vast quantities of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and synthetic fertilisers are required to maintain a banana monoculture. The agrochemicals used in banana cultivation can damage the rainforests that border plantations. This is just one of the ways in which aggressive farming practices can have a far-reaching and difficult-to-reverse impact on the environment.

In this series I wanted to depict how the body art is scarification of the skin, while the banana industry is responsible for the scarification of the land.