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THE MORTAL WORK OF ART


Shelley Jackson is a writer. Yet, you cannot read anything she's written in a magazine, book or screen. Instead, you have to look at people. Her story is written on human skin. Her story is called "Skin." Jackson calls it "a mortal work of art." It is a fictional piece that is composed of 2,095 words. Over 2,000 volunteers have gotten one word from the story tattooed onto their bodies. Each volunteer got one word daily. It began in 2003 and we can view a version of this on YouTube.


I wouldn't recommend viewing this because it is bizarre, weird and foolish. But isn't the church also a "mortal work of art" that puts flesh on the gospel that it becomes visible to a watching world?

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