fingers

digital renderings

Arranged in chronological sequence, ’fingers’ is a photo documentation of my onychophagy and dermatophagia (skin and nail biting) over the course of approximately one month. These sequences of images call attention to the pathological processes of body-focused repetitive behaviors by focusing on the way in which a particular compulsion operates on the skin as a material of the living body and source of self-gratification. The dice themselves are at once fixed and random. Indicative of their cultural signification as symbols of gambling, the sound of rolling dice is an embodied distillation of chance and probability. The emergence of the dice’s sonic presence—in sheer volume and continuity--- pervades the space to suggest the political economy of sound as visceral, oppressive and invasive.