I wore the skirt and sat on a chair for about half an hour,
pressing the studs onto my skin to leave their marks.
When I first sat on the chair, it really hurt.
After a while, however, I felt nothing.
But then, whenever I moved even a little bit, the pain hit me again.
The sense of touch indeed is activated by movement...
The skin is such a dull yet sensitive surface.
I have never been so violently made aware of my bodily self.
While I sat on the chair, a friend of mine helped me
to make the alginate paste for life-casting.
We had to be very fast with applying the paste
—not only because alginate paste takes no time to cure,
but also because I was afraid of losing the stud-marks on my legs.
As the paste dried and hardened over time,
the casting became smaller than its original size.
There are now some cracks around the edges
and even a few green mould-spots have appeared.
It looks like a tangible version of the faded ‘dress-scape’ of the irritating skirt.
A journal entry on Sunday 6 December 2015