INTERIOR FORMS

The experiment continues by using the hand itself to sculpt its own interior.
'Using plasticine, wax, clay or plaster of Paris, form the interior of one closed hand and further with two or more closed hands investigate these interior forms. It is found that it is impossible to read precisely any of these forms as the hand never closes the same way again. All these forms are seen to have a general helical structure and have a further interest as they are forms well known to the touch but unknown to the eye. When first exhibited at the London Surrealist Exhibition in 1936 they were immediately recognised as familiar to the public as bones, fossils etc but never for what they actually were.---/'

 

 

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Photo n2. Clay form of the inside of a closed hand using a soft but resistant substance

 

 

 

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Photo n3. Impression in clay of two hands closing
Once understood, this seems obvious but if encountering this sculpture for the first time, it seems to be something organic - perhaps a bone or a section of a vertebral column.

 

 

 

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Photo n4. Backview of photo n3
This again suggests an organic, skeletal form, perhaps a pelvis of an unkown animal.

 

 

 

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Photo n5. Impression of three hands gradually closing.
This might suggest a skull of a primitive beast with its jaw-bone.

 

 

 

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Photo n6. Lateral view of photo n5
This suggests a smooth wave-shaped shell.

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