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2015 (ongoing)

a series of drawings drawn from live model, pencil on paper, 29,7x21cm

I have been fascinated by hands a long time.

Our hands feet tell a lot about us. Everyone's hands are different. How you use your hands shows in them.
A portrait of someone's hands is also a portrait of that person.

During our lives, our hands shape us as much as our lives shape our hands.

Sometimes we use our hands too much or too little. Sometimes they can't be used the way we would like to use them. Sometimes they are used for things we wish we would not have used them for. Our hands can hurt, feel cold or numb, sweat... but they also enable us to experience new things, to come up with new feelings, thoughts and perspectives.

When I draw someone's hands, the model and me spend a half an hour together, sometimes talking, sometimes being silent. In most of my works there is a participatory element, because I find it rewarding to include people in my works, not just as spectators but participants. For me drawing someone is a way to connect with a person, and also show that person something intimate about me: to let myself be looked at in the act of drawing.