The JMEWS 11:2 cover image shows a progress shot for the painting Thorax. There’s something very eerie and intriguing about working with skin. I actually got it shipped to me frozen from Texas. Opening the box is always a surprise, because each hide is different and each one acts as a historical fact sheet of where the animal has been and what significant encounters have left marks on its skin. Some of them are also branded with numbers, which introduces a whole box of inquiries. There’s a lot of preparatory work involved after I receive the skin. I first soak it thoroughly in water. Then it is stretched, dyed, and left to dry. It’s an interesting process, as the skin changes when it dries. It contracts, gets thinner, and changes color, and the level at which it...

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