Collections Week: Hands

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I started collecting hands to use as props for taking pictures of jewellery. I have grown to love them as sculptural objects. Maybe it’s because the hands are the most expressive part of the human body (after the face). I have even more hands than the ones pictured here — they pop up in little clusters around the house, like mushrooms in a forest. I have so many that I couldn’t locate my most recent acquisition — a crudely carved wooden hand extending the middle finger.

collections hands

They also tend to group themselves according to materials or colour.