20 pages + A3 poster, £12, $16, €15
limited edition of 250
Touched started out as four large sheets of paper drawn on with pencil while writing a novel about childhood friendships and how those early connections shape the types of relationships we go on to have later in life. I used the freehand lines and illustrations to try and access memories that were lurking below the surface. Memories of childhood fumbling, adolescent touch, lessons in desire and the forms it takes.
The large sheets were then cut into quarters and bound together to make a book, at which point I started using colour pencils, looking for the shapes in the unplanned lines, trying to piece images together, finding pleasure in colour and colouring in, giving shape to guilt and shame, rage and bewilderment.
The original artist’s book can be seen here. The single copy was then scanned and digitised, and a smaller A5 copy has been printed in a limited edition of 250, copies of which can be ordered via this link (€15, includes int’l postage).