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.
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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.