Mackerel Skin Corset

In this corset, mackerel skins have been pressed and arranged onto a corset form. They smell oily and when it is warm a little fishy. This piece follows a theme around the symbol of the fish as being sacred to the moon-goddess and also a sexual symbol of female genitalia. Fish have been used as an 'aphrodisiac' food because of their ancient association with the Aphrodite type of Goddess and her sexual implications. The corset being stretched out on a wall is reminiscent of a kind of trophy belonging to a game hunter - the skin being prized, or butterfly collector - with its emphasis on death and beauty but also in both interpretations - the act of collecting and ownership.

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