Bodies are secrets, or they harbor secrets, because they operate largely outside the reaches of consciousness and vision. This work is our endeavor to mine the body's secrets and to invent what it will not disclose. Our drawings visualize this body through the lenses of medicine, religion, and desire – which give incongruent accounts of what a body is and how it works. Unsettling the binaries of internal/external, phenomenological/physiological, and emotional/clinical, we ask where the embodied subject ends and the pathologized specimen begins, and make trouble with the mind/body, soul/body dualism of Western medicine and religious teachings.
We use the bathtub as a site of medicinal, baptismal, and erotic potential, and appropriate early forms of medical illustration (e.g., the anatomical fugitive sheet) to represent the layperson’s misapprehension and/or reimagining of anatomy. We often fabricate our reference imagery through digital collage, which enables us to transplant tissue, lifting the skin from one body and grafting it onto another. In physically collaged works, we enact this same process with parts cut from our own drawings. We remove and resection, augment and implant. With our fingers gloved in latex, we tenderly administer chalk pastel to paper, intricately knitting flesh together from high-saturation pigments. The rawness and humility of paper and chalk dust parallel the viewer's own tenuous corporeality. Taking our own bodies as our primary subjects, we reveal to each other what we cannot see of ourselves, and serve as the stewards of one another's secrets.