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Sarah Best’s ‘Fragmented Being’ at Eight of Swords

Going out on a limb: Tattoo parlor art show features disembodied arms

By Samantha Lim - Source: http://www.brooklynpaper.com

Give her a hand: Artist Sarah Best made plaster casts of her own arms for her new show at Eight of Swords.  Photo by Stefano Giovannini

Give her a hand: Artist Sarah Best made plaster casts of her own arms for her new show at Eight of Swords. Photo by Stefano Giovannini


Skin art is not the only thing worth checking out at this tattoo parlor.

At Eight of Swords in Williamsburg, you can get inked, purchase a pair of cuff links shaped like skulls — and also peruse an art show. Artist Sarah Best, whose exhibition “Fragmented Being” is currently on display at the studio, said the combination actually makes a lot of sense.

“If you want to be immersed in art, a tattoo studio is a good place to be,” she said.

“Fragmented Being” is not Best’s first exhibition at a tattoo parlor. In fact, curator Erica Flannes first scouted Best’s art at nearby Magic Cobra Tattoo Society. When viewed live, it is easy to see why Best’s handiwork fares well in the environment — her latest show features pairs of arms, cast in smooth plaster, and pierced by iron nails or cuffed with copper wire.

The literal body of work is mostly fashioned after Best’s own limbs.

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