Touched

Much of my work looks at broken connections and where we’re at in the world. So often that feels like tipping towards the brink, uncertain of the future but unable – or perhaps unwilling – to turn back.

My series, Touched, focuses on broken objects, their relationship to their owners and how we might respond as viewers. Is there an urge to touch, a need to fix or an empathetic desire to console – and, if so, what does that tell us about our own interactions with the inanimate world and our own experiences of loss? 

Our ability to use tools aided our rise, while artefacts left behind inform us of who we have been. Objects can be our talismans, our armory, our friends and we may mourn them when they are gone.

How will this play out in the future as our world becomes increasingly virtual, leaving the material behind? With the rise of AI, is it possible that we may be among the last to forge invested relationships with objects at all?

BROKEN PARTS_SNIP SNAP–ELEANOR PRITCHARD'S SCISSORS oil on canvas ©HelenStone2020 LO

Touched: Snip Snap (Eleanor Pritchard’s Scissors), 25 x 30cm, oil on canvas.

Touched: Wrench (Lemn Sissay’s bike lock), 30 x 25cm, oil on canvas.

Touched: Fallen Soldier (Katy Warriner’s awl), 30 x 25cm, oil on canvas.

oil painting of broken life-size papier-mâché temple dog

Touched: Stay (life-size, hand-painted papier-mache temple dog – and all kinds of trouble!), 50 x 60cm, oil on canvas.

Touched: Listen (heart doctor Saran’s stethoscope), 30 x 25cm, oil on canvas.

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