INK SKIN & BOSCH | AN EXHIBITION BY JAMES JOHN WOOD
In his latest series “Ink, Skin & Bosch”, Wood collects six willing participants and himself to be permanently marked, using the human body as a canvas. The tattoos, and the poems that adorn the resulting prints, are a modern rendition of The Seven Deadly Sins and the Four Last Things by Heironymous Bosch (disputed). Like Bosch paints using scenes from life (rather than allegoric representations of the sins), Wood tattoos surreal symbolism of the seven great virtues. Besides himself, the participants were unaware of the ink their bodies would receive until the piece is complete. Emphasising Wood’s desire to collaborate with talented marginalised artists, two of the participants in this series performed live music at the series’ opening night. One of many tactics used to create an artistic experience over art viewing during the exhibitions.