Do the Hands Make the Person?
by Allison Young
We are surrounded everyday by signs and symbols–from the words that we speak to the signs we read while driving down the road. Using the King Creativity Fund I am attempting to bring attention to the unconventional signs that we take for granted. I have made an installation piece that combines both gestures and different forms of written language. My project began by taking molds of many different hands with a substance called Algiform. After about three minutes this substance dries to a firm state and can be stretched just enough so one’s hand can be gently slipped out leaving a perfect impression. Then I pour a plastic resin into the mold and once it dries I peel the mold back and reveal an identical replica of the original hand. The hands are then displayed holding different objects pertaining to the written word and surround a large quartz test tube filled with shredded paper. Each hand holds a different object and has a different pose representing the different interpretations any one viewer has from the next. I rely on this idea of the viewers individual interpretation in much of my work hoping to induce a more personal and unique experience.