Touch #11 consists of 6 square prints on aluminum arranged in space depicting oversized human handprints on the metal. Silhouetted hands have been a recurring motif in Silveira’s work since the early 1980s. They represent, in the artist’s words, “registers of our ancestrality” and “signs of presence and identity covering the walls.” In Touch #11 the artist imbues this familiar shape with mystery and fantasy by reproducing the handprints in an unnaturally large size. For Silveira, this alteration of dimension causes a “gap in perception,” and ultimately leads the viewer to question the nature of representation and scale. The repeated presence of the handprint in a contained space exemplifies the artist’s interest in creating “images with characteristics of aggregation and accumulation, with the power to cover surfaces and to function as graphic invasions.” Silveira has experimented with this exercise of visual alteration through repetition through the use of a number of indexical signs including animal tracks, human footprints, and tire tracks.
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