Hedwig Brouckaert works with advertising and mass media imagery, referencing its distorted messages of desire and identity, but totally transforms the original narrative. She plays with the tension between the highly representational and functional starting point and the tactile, abstract result of her layering process. ’Peel’ is a series of paper collage on commercial tiles, which are omnipresent as the skin of the tunnels in NYC. From mainstream magazines, with its over-produced images of whiteness that mask the inequalities in our society, she cuts out models' skin and layers it over and over with glue and acrylic paint to create a bas relief. She then sands, cuts, and carves with sharp knives to reveal the deeper layers beneath, uncovering strange patterns and melting boundaries.