Please Touch.

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Artist Statement

The objects before you await your engagement. It is up to you to decide how. I encourage you to feel the visuotactile qualities of these objects, to satisfy the impulsive sense of curiosity you might experience when discovering something new.

 

Mindful and mindless exploration is something that I find myself doing a lot when interacting with tactile objects. A playful experience that I describe as interchangeable, a state of flow, a strong sense of calm or a few moments of uninterrupted mind-nothingness. These interactions can often lead to reduced feelings of stress and anxiety, and I hope that you might experience this too.

 

Derived from fruit, seeds and vegetables these objects are deceptive to the touch. The tessellation of interlocking forms is intended to mirror the interlocking of your hands with surfaces as you explore them freely.

 

I want to challenge the antiquated curatorial phrase ‘Do Not Touch’ by allowing everybody to interact with my work, to realise the importance of this sense that seems to be taken for granted.

So, please touch.

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After writing my dissertation about the importance of touch in relation to sculpture, I used my final major project as an opportunity to develop the theme of tactility, using audience interaction as the driving factor for my work. Material research and experimentation have led my project, carrying out processes without expectation allowing the outcomes to guide my design.