Visual essay

Skin body touch

Skin Body Touch is a visual essay by Mages Ruiz Diaz of some possible ideas and views on the human body, skin, and our sense of touch. This essay is composed of found imagery and quotes that we found during the creative development of our upcoming design debut of DIAZ DAVIS objects for the home.


Responsive, tactile boundary between self and other, between the inside and outside of the individual.[1]

Geography where two can meet.[2]

Jeanne Dunning, Study after Untitled Landscape, 1987.

Human skin epidermis. Dennis Kunkel Microscopy, Science Photo Library.


Body, navel of the world, umbilicus mundi.
Sense of Self.

Peter Kaaden, Naked. Schierke.

De Cette Femme, by Yves Tremorin, silver print, 1985-6, France.

Tactile wisdom of the body.


Still from Expression of the Sightless, Jessica Sarah Rinland, 16mm film digital transfer, 7 minutes, 2016. A blind man’s inquisitive hands explore a sculpture.

“Touch is what we desire in one form or another, even if we find it through being alone, through the agency of silence or through the felt need to walk at a distance: the meeting with something or someone other than ourselves, the light brush of grass on the skin, the ruffling breeze, the actual touch of another’s hand; even the gentle first touch of an understanding which until now, we were formally afraid to hold.” - David Whyte.[4]

Jeanne Dunning, Untitled Hole, colour photograph, 1988.

“All the senses, including vision, can be regarded as extensions of the sense of touch - as specialisations of the skin.” - Juhani Pallasma.[3]

✚ References
[1] Ami Ronnberg, The Book of Symbols, reflections on archetypal images. Tachen, 2010.
[2] Ami Ronnberg, The Book of Symbols, reflections on archetypal images. Tachen, 2010.
[3] Juhani Pallasmaa, The Eyes of the Skin, 1996.
[4] David  Whyte, ‘TOUCH’, In  ‘CONSOLATIONS’: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words, © David Whyte & Many Rivers Press 2015

DIAZ DAVIS acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we live, create, and work. We pay our deepest respects to the Kulin Nation and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders, past, present and future.