Rachel Ossip


Biteface is a typographic exploration, using bitemarks on skin to compose letterforms. While a bite is not a mark one would traditionally use to create, it is a form of communication for many animals, employed by humans in moments of passion.

The challenge of creating these letterforms served as both an exploration of the human body and the body of letterforms. The use of such an intimate medium provided an intense meditation on the creation of typgraphic characters, felt as well as seen. Bite marks echo scars, bruises, and birthmarks (the natural, imperfect alphabets of the body) contrasting the typically refined nature of typographic forms.