ARTIST STATEMENT: OUR HANDS HAVE POWER
Our hands have power—the power to make hand-crafted things, to plant, to build, to fix, to heal, to come together, to slow down and re-shape the tangible world around us—even in the current mass-produced digital age.
This hand-made installation takes photography off the wall and creates an experience in the present moment, instead of a document about a person, place, or thing. Outstretched hands of community members comprise the flowing image, printed on silk using a historical photographic process by arranging and rearranging live models. In order to view the image, the viewer must walk through its narrow passage, immersed in the simultaneously uplifting and disconcerting power of human touch. Gentle touching is encouraged: the dynamic installation will sway in response.