Healing Hands

Gabrielle Simpson

Healing Hands

My recent work has been focused on representation of the human figure, whether by using molds as literal representation or by creating obscured figures. I aim to create works that the viewer can relate to in some way, or which will at least provide an intriguing experience as they interact with or interpret my work. I am fascinated by the ways people connect to one another and the ways in which they connect to themselves. My art focuses on how to portray those connections in a way that almost everyone will be able to gain something from them.

Healing Hands is about the aftermath of losing a loved one. After the loss of my father last summer, our unit of four was now three. The impressions left are still felt and seen. They won’t be quick to leave our lives. The fabric, a representation of our life, is forever in motion by our hands. A spot is seen where he once held the fabric, the indentions still fresh. Sweet tea flowing from the hands into the fabric, and the wrinkles left by his clutch are the remaining essences of his influence on our lives. A reminder of the position he once held.

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