© Henriikka Kontimo 2008-2023 Built with Indexhibit
© Henriikka Kontimo 2008-2023
Built with Indexhibit
a series of drawings drawn from live models, pencil on paper, 29,7x21cm
I have been fascinated by hands for a long time. Everyone's hands are different. During our lives, our hands shape our lives as much as our lives shape our hands. They also enable us to experience new things, to come up with new feelings, thoughts and perspectives. A portrait of someone's hands is also a portrait of that person.
When I draw someone's hands, the model and I spend 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 as 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.