Tangere Tangible Intangible
SJK's focus settles momentarily on the hands as key makers, conductors of language, and as ritualistic aids to ceremony - in the everyday. This humble subject matter is here visible performing manual tasks, forming symbols, levitating signs, and grappling with the incorporeal. The artist pays homage to hands.
Imbedded within her ongoing semiotic inquiry is a fascination with hands as agents of communication; in systematized form through sign language, in an open format through gestural hand movement. Hands produce subtle movements to assist or negate the spoken word. A gesture in silence conveys meaning.
Alongside this interest in language and gesture runs a deep respect for the artisan's hand, the mechanics of the maker, and the work of the working hands. Hands are also used in spiritual endeavor; cupped in prayer, raised in elation, or solemn in religious ritual.
Hands are an artist's tool, and have thus been referenced by multiple artists throughout history. SJK cites Geunter Brus' Action Paintings as a vivid work in her memory. Likewise she recalls Hans Bellmer's photographic treatment of hands, and Alfred Stieglitz's images of Georgia O'Keeffe's hands, as other strong imagery in her mind's eye.
Tangere, Tangible, Intangible, 2012; Charcoal on paper, 12 drawings; dimensions variable.