The Hands that Make is a collection of objects that offer an invitation for meditation on the process by which they are brought to life.
Objects contain many stories: on the materials they’re made of, where these materials come from, on the forces that have molded them into form, on the functions they might serve, and on the environments they will live in. And throughout each story, there is the notion of time. The time that it takes for a material to be extracted from its source, the time this material takes to fulfill its lifecycle, the time it takes for the hands to bring an object to life, and the time you take to interact with it once complete. In this second group show on Accessible Objects, we explore the hand-made, the ephemeral, and the moments that we have to explore an object: to look at it in detail, to speak to it, to feel it.
Clemence Grouin-Rigaux transforms abattoir waste into everyday functional objects. Kajsa Melchior’s sculptures are made from sand that is exposed to forces such as wind, water, and the human body, reimagining the process of geological erosion. Remi Badu layers a mixture of Acrylic, Plaster and Resin on Wood Panel to expose the unique qualities of color over time. Molly R embeds the circuitry of a lamp into an object, an ephemeral source of light that can never be recharged or resurrected.
Mark Hepworth explores the warmth and strength of ceramic, a material often seen as fragile, and harsh. Sebastien Jarquin folds paper into a lightweight fan, a hidden moment and an invitation to breathe. Bernita Ling carves out two cubes of wood at a diagonal to create a bedside table with spaces to hide personal items. Nicolas Lee documents his apartment into a detailed architectural drawing, collaging it with everyday objects that compose the fabric of his life during the confined months of 2020.
The stories that each object narrates are endless, subjective, delicate, transformative. We invite you to dig into them, to take time with each of them, to think of where they’ve come from, where they are, and where they will go.