For Te Tuhi’s Project Wall Hannah Valentine has created a series of small bronze objects. With Grips, slips, of space, a memory, Valentine invites visitors to pick up and hold the objects for the duration of their visit. Resembling tools or weights, and revealing the contours of the hand that cast their mould, Valentine’s objects rest on stands waiting for interaction. Inspired by artist Franz West’s series of works called Adaptives, and the notion that individual works of art never carry only a single meaning, the response of the audience is integral to the whole experience. Grips, slips, of space, a memory offers a resistance to the sublimation of digital and virtual experiences through touch and action.
Hannah Valentine was the 2016 Te Tuhi Iris Fisher Scholar.