Body, sense and image
My artworks are relational fields, connecting and responding to the embodied lives of the people they touch and to the nature of places they inhabit. Sensuous materials like wood, steel, paper, rope and cloth often combine with rawhide–powerful, malleable cowskin that evokes life, death and transformation. I animate my work through people’s movement and touch as well as neon, light and video. I collaborate with dancer-choreographers, filmmakers, scientists, theater artists and phenomenologists to explore the interaction of the forces of body, nature and spirit.
By Rosalyn Driscoll
Art and Visual Culture, Bloomsbury Publishing, London, September 17, 2020
The Sensing Body in the Visual Arts explores the connective, creative powers of the somatic senses in making and engaging with the visual arts. The body and the somatic senses—touch, kinesthesia, proprioception, balance, pain, temperature and emotion—underlie, support and participate in all perception. They infuse one’s experience of the arts, even visual art. This book sheds light on the usually hidden, unconscious role of the somatic senses, revealing how fundamental they are to artists’ working processes and to people’s experience of art. Becoming aware of the multiple dimensions of somatic sensitivity opens rich aesthetic, perceptual territory in art making and appreciation. In the encounter with art, the somatic senses operate in the service of meaning, enhancing the full panoply of expressive, emotive possibilities. The Sensing Body in the Visual Arts proposes a new way of making, experiencing and thinking about art—through the conscious hand and body as well as eye and mind.