Skin on Skin (divorced from thought, divorced from body), 2014
Single Channel HD Video, Stereo Sound | 3min 18

Text quoted from Quintilian 11.3, edited and translated by Donald A. Russel (2001).
Images sourced from Instagram #fingerphotobombing and from the artist. Audio the artist.

The film positions the contemporary hand as ‘divorced from thought and the body’ through revealing ‘amputations’ and empty gestures found through Instagram images where fingers have been accidentally caught in the camera’s image. This is juxtaposed with a narration from Quintilian’s guide to the Ancient Roman use of the hand as a demonstrator of thought. Through this juxtaposition the film seeks to suggest that the proverb ‘without one’s hands one cannot think’ has now become true - where amputated fingers are received by other senseless fingers, re-scrolled, communicating nothing other then their own non-sense.

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Skin on Skin (Amputations 1,2,3), 2014
On going series, central image sourced from Instagram | Digital Print, Framed, 30 x 41cm

Installation December Mostra 2014 The British School at Rome
Sculpture installation with audio on 7min loop. Paintings by Gill Ord

Skin on skin (Outlines 1), 2014
Steel, concrete, fabric, silicon rubber and found materials | 186 x 45 x 30cm

Skin on skin (Outlines 2), 2014
Steel, concrete, fabric, elastic rubber, cast silicon rubber and found materials | 190 x 30 x 15cm

Skin on skin (Outlines 3), 2014
Steel, concrete, photos, cast silicon rubber | 20 x 170 x 35cm