Woven in my Skin
The moment I glance down I am confronted with my own skin tone. Skin colour is an influential and unchangeable part of our lives as well as the root of many basic racist onslaughts. The weaving of Bosch represents the structure of skin as well as her attempt to cope with racism. Bosch used a gradient of skin tone threads to fabricate the dense mélange, where together the separate yarns have interlinked and formed a new whole. Relating to the mixing of different ethnicities and the result of it. Although it appears as an entwined single yarn, every strand of yarn is separate and independent in colour and texture. Together the separate skin tones have interlinked and formed a new whole. Showing the balance of the individual and the collective. In the deeper unseen seams of the weave Bosch used flexible red wire as the warp. It is completely concealed from sight unless one physically manipulates and pushes aside the multi-coloured weft, just as with actual skin. The red wire symbolizes our sameness in the biological and psychological sense. The skin forms around the body just as the yarns surrounds the wire. Unlike the coloured exterior, the wire and our insides can be molded by our own will. Bosch is convinced that we can manipulate and shape our own choices and beliefs. Presuming that every one of us has the ability and responsibility to continuously make the effort to determine our own lives, regardless of our inescapable skin colour.