Idle Hands are the Devil’s Tools, 2019
Idle hands are the devil’s tools, and humans have always found something with which to occupy them. Today, the most notorious and ubiquitous fidgeting tool is the mobile phone, an extension of our hands, and thus of human agency, that lets us tap, scroll, swipe, and pinch the things we like online. The heightened sense of connection brought by the internet simultaneously reveals a feeling of alienation; through social media platforms and instantaneous contact with both friends and strangers.
Presence, or lack there-of, is tangible in the Institution, from the gallery to the church. It plays a key role in the function of the religious institution, with sacraments such as absolution requiring presence to be considered valid. It is interesting, then, that online we can witness websites that offer the chance to share confessions, but without the absolution that comes with it. For these anonymous internet users, what is the purpose of inverting the intended absolution format of confessing privately to a priest, to confessing publicly to the world, shouting into the void, without anything to gain in return? Could it perhaps just be another way to feel connected in this age of disconnection? The work aims to bring a layer of physicality back to the virtual realm, exploring the possibilities available to human touch.