ʻFirmly Pinch The Skin Together’ is a visual manifestation of a tactile universe that involves intimacy and closeness, whilst capturing sensitive moments of tension and pressure. The title refers to a medical phrase used for injection procedures, and correlates a painful gesture with its curative function. The series explores the outward appearance of our inner selves by recording dilapidated structures, body parts, motion and touch, tracing our sense of anxiety, discomfort and relief. The project relates to the conception of the Skin-Ego by Didier Anzieu, where skin is treated metaphorically as a wrapping that protects our interior but which also enables us to connect with others. It is a protective shield that allows us to engage with the world, and which marks the external disturbances we experience through our lives.