Title

Touch Series

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Description/Abstract

Artist Statement

The Touch Series is an exploration of the power of physical touch. The creation of this series served as a tool for methodical and honest introspection about my feelings toward my closest relationships and myself. I use art making as a means to process my experiences but also to search for connections and communication with others. I want the viewer to be able to sense the relationships and feel the strength of the emotions portrayed in a close view of hands; specifically, the impact touch has on different relationships with other people and with one's own self. In The Touch Series, the viewer is able to discern a different emotion and tangible atmosphere attached to the relationship between the hands in each painting.

I created this series using a mixture of observed life and photographic references. My process began with taking a photograph of either a loved one’s hands or—most often—my own hands using a timer. I used the photo to capture a specific pose. I then digitally manipulated the colors in the photo to better reflect the selected emotion or relationship. Then I got to work painting and layering shapes and colors all the while using my own hands as a guide. It is my hope that viewers are able to find an aspect in the work that is meaningful to them and allows them to think about the different connections touch provides.

Presenting Author Name/s

Emily Hughes

Faculty Advisor

Elliott Jones

Presentation Type

Artwork

Disciplines

Art Practice | Painting

Session Title

Art Exhibit

Location

Learning Commons @ Perry Library, Art Gallery

Start Date

2-8-2020 8:00 AM

End Date

2-8-2020 12:30 PM

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Feb 8th, 8:00 AM Feb 8th, 12:30 PM

Touch Series

Learning Commons @ Perry Library, Art Gallery

Artist Statement

The Touch Series is an exploration of the power of physical touch. The creation of this series served as a tool for methodical and honest introspection about my feelings toward my closest relationships and myself. I use art making as a means to process my experiences but also to search for connections and communication with others. I want the viewer to be able to sense the relationships and feel the strength of the emotions portrayed in a close view of hands; specifically, the impact touch has on different relationships with other people and with one's own self. In The Touch Series, the viewer is able to discern a different emotion and tangible atmosphere attached to the relationship between the hands in each painting.

I created this series using a mixture of observed life and photographic references. My process began with taking a photograph of either a loved one’s hands or—most often—my own hands using a timer. I used the photo to capture a specific pose. I then digitally manipulated the colors in the photo to better reflect the selected emotion or relationship. Then I got to work painting and layering shapes and colors all the while using my own hands as a guide. It is my hope that viewers are able to find an aspect in the work that is meaningful to them and allows them to think about the different connections touch provides.