Finding Empathy in the Confines of Our Skin

Apr 8, 2013 3:49PM

Two billion cells make up the skin encasing our bodies, and 300 million of them are replaced every day. We need a sense of bodily integrity so much that if we lose a limb, we imagine it’s still there, itching and aching, and yet our skin, that exterior layer actually holding us together, is constantly dying off and renewing itself, sloughing off and repairing.

Image: Diana Schmertz, “Container of Time and Space (ll)” (detail, 2012), oil on wood, 6 in each (photo by Susan Silas)