Using “physiopoetry” and photography to cut into stigmas and create connection
The SkinOnSundays project is Jessica Lakritz‘s first photographic offering, but you’d never know it. And for the digital nomad, writer and self-taught photographer who writes her poems on models she calls canvases, its purpose goes way beyond aesthetics.
“I try to make people in every kind of body see themselves as a work of beautiful art – both during the creation and after, when they have the finished product,” she says. “The poems I write are often inspired by the canvas they’re written on, which creates a stronger connection between the world of art and living, breathing, real existence,” she says. “And the whole process of creating the piece – of writing words on a body, and turning that into a lasting image – is something I call physiopoetry. That’s part of the experience too.”
“SkinOnSundays takes a deep look into society with wide open eyes, talks about hard things, challenges traditional perspectives, and cuts into stigmas. I try to create beautiful, thoughtful, meaningful work that will not only connect with people, but bridge the gaps. The gaps between what we think we know and what we know. How we want to feel about ourselves and how we actually feel. How we see ourselves and how the world sees us. Gaps between cultures, races and genders,” Jessica says. “When we bridge those gaps and help people feel connected, then there’s automatically more love and understanding in the world. If we feel good about ourselves, feel comfortable with our emotions and being vulnerable, and are more open and thoughtful when encountering differences, I think that helps us to be better – to be good.”