Rebecca Horn
Finger Gloves 1972

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Rebecca Horn born 1944
Finger Gloves
Date 1972
Medium Fabric, wood and metal
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from Tate Members 2002

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Ideas of touch and sensory awareness are explored in this work. Horn has described how wearing these gloves altered her relationship with her surroundings, so that distant objects came within her reach: ‘the finger gloves are light. I can move them without any effort. Feel, touch, grasp anything, but keeping a certain distance from the objects. The lever-action of the lengthened fingers intensifies the various sense-data of the hand; ...I feel me touching, I see me grasping, I control the distance between me and the objects.’ Implicit in the work is the idea that touching makes possible an intimacy between our own body and those of others.

April 2004

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