The Hand

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A hand made out of clay because I wanted to practice using the medium.

The sculpture of a hand has had its palm read and written down on a sheet from a notepad. This hand represents the entire person. Obviously it is not representative of the entire person, but it represents the person as numbers might represent people, say, on a list. It explores the idea of how a person might represent themselves, or how a person might be represented. The notepad paper mimics the notes from some kind of personality analysis (therapist? psychiatrist?).

Is something as simple as a number suitable to represent a person, or is something as anonymous as a hand? Palm readers believe that ones character and future/life is shown by the lines on and shape of ones hands. So perhaps this clay hand does represent an entire person’s personality?

As a starting point I’m interested in researching about the mind and what it is; how can we understand ourselves; what makes you you (i.e. your mind? your face/body? Our hands? Our work?). Does this hand represent me because I sculpted it? Or does it represent an imaginary person? Or is the hand just an entity itself…?

The idea behind the whole thing was quite random, but it sparked from this internal conflict I’d been having about conceptual art; is it all bullshit, or should I be more open minded to exploration and ideas?  Obviously saying, ‘its all bullshit’ is a fairly negative and dismissive way of thinking, but I also believe that you shouldn’t just neglect your own opinion just because of what everyone else thinks. SO ANYWAY I made a hand out of clay, and I asked my friend to read its palm, because, why not? (I was potentially also making a joke out of palm reading – but the more my friend explained to me about the subject, I became quite interested (from a sceptical point of view, of course..) and I might investigate it a little more in my project.)

I appreciate that the hand is very good, but I guess its more about the idea anyway. Also it was fun using clay for the first time.

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