Haptic Paintings

These monochromes explore and conflate the desire most of us have to touch paintings (and which is typically forbidden) and the way in which we must use touch to interact with images on screen (via touch screen technology).

What if that impulse to touch a painting was the subject of the painting, and the nature of gestures involved the marks and composition (tapping, double tap, pinch, scroll, and swipe).

High relief impasto, piped through tubes, represents those touches and gestures.

There is an intentional irony in the reduction of the pictorial and illusionary space with the use of the monochromatic palette and an heightened representation of the haptic impulse through the decorative impasto.


Gestures by Children and Adults on Touch Tables and Touch Walls in a Public Science Center: http://init.cise.ufl.edu/sites/default/files/Anthony-et-al-IDC2016.pdf

When Art Moves the Eyes: A Behavioral and Eye-Tracking Study:


How Do We See Art: An Eye-Tracker Study: