I chose to make hands because they have been used by artists for centuries as evocative symbols of humanity. I made my hands in different clay colours to emphasise this point. The image shows church workers coming to open up their church on the day before it was opened for a prayer. They felt that the hands were an apt and reverent symbol and were pleased to be photographed with the work.
The 100 Hands represent community; in my photographs this is a silent community unable to be in its usual places and in the film the hands outside the church represent a community waiting to open the doors. We all recognise just how important our hands are to us and in this time of quarantine there is a sadness in out relationship with the hands that we cannot use to touch things surfaces and those we love for fear of infection.
Installing Hands outside the local church