Jacob Lawrence Gallery April 2022
1. re-established bonds
of communication or emotion.
A handshake is one of humanity’s simplest acts of connection. It is deliberate. It is intimate. It is brief. When was the last time you held someone’s hand? How about the hand of someone you’ve just met? For some of the creators of this work it had been longer than they could remember.
“I think I’ve only touched one other person, since covid…It feels weird.” –Jentzen, participant.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to sever, alter, and supplement that ancient ritual of connecting. Fear, prejudice, and our tendency towards public aloofness in the Seattle area have made it easy for us to deny and abandon our essential need for touch.
Here, as we return to campus in-person, we showcase the experiences of the UW community. We are (re)connecting through the act of collaborative sculpture. Each piece begins with a simple lump of clay embraced by the joining of two stranger’s hands. Palms push and pull, fingers squish and pinch, documenting within the clay a new memory of a once forgotten feeling, a renewed human connection.
Gigi Costello-Montgomery, Tiffany-Ashton Gatsby, Brianne Rosen, and Fangnuo Tao
Collaboratively made by UW community members.