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Cups of Information, silicone and viridian green pigment, 8.5 x 21.5 x 8.5 cm, 2022.

A Cup of Information, seen here being touched, came from a happy mistake. This unexpected happenstance was experienced during the casting process, and translated into the viewer’s engagement with the piece. During a previous show, I had multiple viewers asking me if they could touch a Cup, curious about its translucent yet solid appearance. Through their touch their expectation was surprised as the bowl wobbled like a jelly. This moment of delight and connection to the object made me consider creating my own army of Cups of Information, which I later incorporated into my Nature’s Breath installation.

During this time, I was reading about our use of senses, with particular interest in the sense of touch. Ashley Montague’s ‘Touching: The Human Significance of the Skin’ and Constance Claussen’s ‘The Book of Touch’ were particularly interesting and established that “to touch is always to be touched”. By intentionally isolating a specific sense, I had the power to manipulate and increase certain emotions such as empathy in a viewer’s experience with the work, and potentially contribute to a wider engagement and new enhanced view of nature.

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