Threads of Touch

Delicia Sampero - Harcourts Hawkes Bay Arts Festival

Date: Oct 1 – Oct 26Space: Foyer

An invisible virus has made us pay attention to each other and the way we interact with the world around us like never before. Where do we go from here?

Threads of Touch is an exhibition of large scale paintings on upcycled traffic signs created during the COVID-19 crisis. The works will be presented in several galleries (including the CAN Foyer) and venues as a visual thread, connecting different Hawke’s Bay places and communities throughout the Arts Festival. Re-imagined and re-contextualised, these signs invite and provoke reflections on the complex physical, metaphysical and emotional dimensions of touch. How does the drive to touch and be touched relate to relational space between people and to how we conduct our lives?

How do we experience the multiple layers in these relationships?

What role does the digital technology play in human and environmental relationships?

How does it relate to how we see ourselves as individuals and as parts of a large web of life?

Designed to reflect light, the look of the paintings can change dramatically depending on light conditions and the perspective of the viewer.

Launch function: 10 October at 5pm, Boyd-Dunlop Gallery.

Supported by CreativeNZ.

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