Fascinating art project sees paint flow through ridges in human skin, creating river-like masterpieces

This fascinating art project has seen an artist use the intricacies of human body as his canvas, filming paint in incredible macro detail as it flows through the ridges found in the skin.

Pic by Rus Khasanov / Caters

Pic by Rus Khasanov / Caters

Rus Khasanov’s aptly-named “Over Your Skin” series sparkles with colour, as the artist used the likes of fluorescent and glitter-filled paints to create the works, which make the human body look like a series of riverbeds close up.

The project, Rus said, had been in his mind for more than three years.

He said: “I often work with paints and my hands are constantly stained dirty because I do not wear latex gloves while working.

“One day, I just looked at my hands, dirty with paint, and I liked the way the colors blended, the way they filled the folds on my palm.”

Pic by Rus Khasanov / Caters

Pic by Rus Khasanov / Caters

Rus, from Yekaterinburg, Russia, wanted to include body parts in his video that had the deepest ridges in the skin, such as fingertips, lips and palms.

Doing so, the artist said, allowed him to explore how different patterns emerged based on what area of the body they were from.

Filming the video was no easy take, either: When using such up-close, macro shots, Rus’ fotoage could be impacted by even the slightest movement from his subjects.

Pic by Rus Khasanov / Caters

Pic by Rus Khasanov / Caters

Overall, the project took four months to complete, spanning seven video and photo sessions.

Rus said: “I decided to develop this idea and shoot a video in which the paint will flow not only on the hands but also on the other parts of the body.

“I wanted to explore how different patterns on different areas of human skin.

Pic by Rus Khasanov / Caters

Pic by Rus Khasanov / Caters

“Under the macro lens, it looks like satellite images, where the folds of the skin looks as a riverbed along which multicolored rivers flow.”