Back at the beginning of 2020, before the Covid crisis began, I had decided to make some haptic sculptures.
Haptic: relating to the sense of touch, particularly relating to the perception and manipulation of objects using the senses of touch and proprioception.
Visitors to a Gallery or Art Museum are kept at a distance from the sculptures and told not to touch - with good reason in many cases - as the patina on a bronze or the delicate finish that the artist has made, is easily damaged. That doesn’t help the viewer though, sculpture is often something that we want to touch!
My idea was that the visitors to my exhibition would be able to pick up the sculptures, to feel and experience the shape and texture of the piece. Covid has made that impossible at the moment.
During the lockdowns I have been working at home, on small clay sculptures that have been fired at Artworks. The first of these pieces were made in white clay. For this exhibition I have made work in clay which, when fired, is black. These small sculptures are made to fit in your hand, they are made to be held and experienced.
It is ironic that my sculptures for this online exhibition cannot be touched, but I hope that you enjoy looking at them. Should you itch to touch them- please contact me to purchase them!