The Origin of Touch

2018 - ongoing

“The Origin of Touch” a raw inquiry into the phenomenon of human consciousness, and a negotiation between inside and outside.
I take a philosophical approach to explore what science is not yet able to fully explain, and I am intrigued by a theory which suggests that consciousness can only be created out of loss. When leaving our mother’s womb, we leave the only world we know, a surrounding body and presence, and we are suddenly alone, taking full responsibility for our actions.
I like to think that each of our impulses and actions can be reduced to the need to touch, which may be related to this loss. This need to touch, for me, is present within every human action, communication, even within the need to create art.

This work takes the imaginary memory of the original maternal touch as a starting point and expands into a galaxy to be explored, a vacuum between life and death. I am a child again, gathering stones from the river. I compile shards of places I find, making an associative collection, and rearrange them to create a new, fictional space. I project an immaterial inside onto a corporeal exterior, altering the shared reality in front of the apparatus:  The flash of the camera makes this unseen inner space visible for a short second, and creates a door between the worlds, which is then frozen within a new body. This work is a river, fluid and ever-changing. A door is opened for a moment, leading through skin and surface, into the beyond. The collection of images is the conjuring of a paradise lost and the mythology of a place impossible to find.

Selected for the Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2019