In the studios this week: A narrative of hands

Polaroids are organic, each frame is unique, not a ‘real picture’ but a ‘reflection’.

Following on from sketch-booking we dive back into the studios to continue a narrative of hands.

Referencing Curwen’s Solfege tonal hand signs – also featured in ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ (1977). Arcane gestures, line and form.

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Perfect circle: Exploring book making

Thinking back to the idea of framing and centralisation where I wanted to use drawing within the prints, e.g. drawing a circle etc.

Whilst looking into book-making I imagined using transparent pages with hand-drawn geometry as overlays…

The imediatacy of ‘Narrative of hands’ has enabled me to think more about objects than images. I’m planning on another 2 sessions for ‘Narrative of hands’ and then I think its time to play with hand-made books.

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In the studios: A Narrative of Hands – day 1

A narrative of hands is a study of hand gestures for Just Waves in Space.

Influenced heavily by the Vienna Secession / early expressionism movements as well as some obscure occult gestures..

Following a seasonally long absence from the studios; I decided to work solely on hands for a separate project, prior to diving into series 3 of Just Waves in Space.

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I’ve also taken up researching hand-made bespoke book binding with the intent to publish these seperately…

On this night subzero temperatures froze my film and my Polaroid Specta chewed and half-ejected the films.  A newly established protocol emerged and seemed to work – giving the camera a friendly slap.

Strangely enjoyable. I love analog.

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In the studios: Lost in my circle

Ritual, repetition and restriction. I’ve been exploring drawing within the work, an act of ritual framing which centralises and intensifies the figure.

I had high hopes for this ‘element’ but these shots are out of focus. But experimentation is healthy and I acknowledge wrong turns, who knows if this is somewhere to re-visit at a later date.

For now I’ve expunged all my film so its off to the stores to locate more Polaroids….afterwards I may move onto ‘series 3’ of Waves In Space…or I may re-visit this segment.

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