Liz Atkin’s intimate images and performances focus on the skin: its ability to narrate human experiences, as well as its duel function as a barrier and surface for contact and connection. Referring to her skin as a ‘work in progress’, Atkin observes, “It carries permanent marks of what my body has experienced, marks accidentally or consciously made its surface.”
This London-based artist suffered from a condition known as Compulsive Skin Picking for over 20 years. Using dance and theater to confront and channel the compulsion into a creative art practice, Atkin now exhibits her work to raise awareness of the condition.
Through public talks, specialist commissions, residencies, and exhibitions, Atkin advocates creative repair and recovery at therapy centers and galleries all over the world. Her recent Kickstarter campaign will help fund a research trip, solo exhibition and artist talk at UCLA Medical Center in LA.