"The cast, after all, is a trace, an indexical sign, which retains a profound physical connection to the object from which it is taken. This direct connection is visible not only in the skins’ registration of the identity and texture of the surfaces from which they were modeled, but also in the ways in which they record the three-dimensional nature of their mold: in the scabrous buildup that accumulates wherever the skin encounters a bump or a corner and especially in the simple lattices, made of slender bamboo poles, that Bucher used to give her skins the degree of relief necessary to negotiate inset paneling or the depth of door frames"