I have always worked with my hands. From feature and documentary film and sound editing, to designing and fabricating objects, to Chinese medicine, I practice touch. The verb to touch, defined as "to bring a bodily part into contact so as to perceive through the tactile sense; to handle gently with the intent to understand or appreciate," forms the centerpiece of this work. My studies and practice of Chinese herbal medicine are the impetus for my return to the arts. I sense the parallel tactilities in principle and practice between the making and healing arts. I capitalize on the notion that the touch of the hand in restoring health and making art is essentially the same gesture.

 

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