I'm @harts_theatre #iAmFest
speaking about #CompulsiveCharcoal
also known as #Dermatillomania
, is a complex physical and mental disorder. Individuals who struggle with this disorder touch, rub, scratch, pick at, or dig into their skin in an attempt to improve perceived imperfections, often resulting in tissue damage, discoloration, or scarring. Skin picking disorder is one of a group known as body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs), self-grooming in which individuals pull, pick, scrape, or bite their own hair, skin, or nails, resulting in damage to the body.
Occasional picking at cuticles, acne, scabs, calluses or other skin irregularities is a very common human behavior; however, research indicates that 2% - 5% of the population picks their skin to the extent that it causes noticeable tissue damage and marked distress or impairment in daily functioning. 75% of people affected are female. The behavior typically begins in early adolescence, although skin picking disorder can begin at any age. Without treatment, skin picking disorder tends to be a chronic condition that may wax and wane over time.
I create intimate artworks, photographs and performances reimagining the body-focused repetitive behaviour of skin picking. I have exhibited in the UK, Australia, USA, Singapore and Japan.
I'm widely known for my #CompulsiveCharcoal
series of free drawings on discarded newspapers for commuters on public transport around the world. #CompulsiveCharcoal
has featured on Huffington Post, Mashable, Channel News Asia, iNewspaper, The Metro, London Live, Buzzfeed, The Londonist and BBC Radio London. I have created my free drawings in London, the New York Subway System, and Singapore's public transport system, so far I have given away in excess of 15,000 free drawings.
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