Art

I draw and paint haptics, made by hand on paper and other non-digital material. I also paint works based on haptics, but which often take off in other directions, abstract & sometimes surreal. The mind and body perceive and translate perceptions through the hands and chosen tool (pencil, paintbrush, pen). The marks and brush strokes are analog to my daily experience, things sensed physically through the senses (seen, heard, touched, etc.).

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Laura U. Marks writes about haptic visuality:

“Haptic visuality sees the world as though it were touching it: close, unknowable, appearing to exist on the surface of the image. Haptic images disturb the figure-ground relationship. The early twentieth-century Viennese art historian Alois Riegl borrowed the term from psychology, haptein, for a kind of vision that ‘grabs’ the thing it looks at. I think it’s important that Riegl was a historian of textiles, and that he came up with this word when he was poring over his Persian carpets. These carpets with their endless, interleaved patterns don’t allow the eye to rest in one place; they invite the eye to move along them, caressing their surface. Contemplating these patterns does something to dissolve the boundaries between the beholder and the thing beheld.”

A journal of my drawings and paintings can be seen at Okir: Analog.

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