At the heart of this exploration of hands are 105 photographs of artists’ hands that Cally Trench made between 2018 and 2020. The project emerged from a fascination with her own hands:
“I had often drawn them, and I wanted to look at other artists’ hands. Hands are as individual and as expressive as faces; they have as much variation and character.”
In this book, the artists themselves write about their hands, their lives and their work; they make clear the close and complex relationships of artists’ hands to their hearts, brains and eyes. In addition, there are entertainments, essays, stories, poems, projects, and pictures - all about hands - by over thirty of the artists. The book is a collection, an adventure, a cabinet of wonders.