The Memory of Touch
Touch is ingrained into the flesh by a glimpse of past gestures. The presence of an intruding warmth taunts the depths of the mind. These marks stain the body which forms an unforgiving relationship, a memory of touch. In my body of work, I reveal how actions of touch can leave moments of time inscribed within the human psyche and flesh. Though one may not be experiencing the physical touch, mentally the touch can be reexperienced. This speaks about the experiences and mental trauma that victims of sexual harassment face. Using female forms, I will be utilizing clay to not only represent the after-effects of touch but, to allow its memory to be visible. By manipulating the fluidity and air exposure of the clay will allow this substance to be at its most fragile state. At this stage, the clay is so vulnerable that the potency of touch may break or crack its body. To illustrate this, the female form will embody the vessel of the victim. Allowing viewers to confront touch and learn how it manipulates the human psyche and flesh. This will be displayed first through plastic material which will allow viewers to participate in looking at the victim through an objectified male gaze. Then through flesh, to experience touch by viewing the victim through a personal and confessional lens. By doing so, I hope to spread awareness and start a conversation about the importance of sexual harassment and mental illness struggles.
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