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Traces is a set of one hundred handprints of ordinary men, women and children from across the social spectrum

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In situ
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Hanging the work
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Schoolchildren viewing the work
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The genesis of the work lies with those stencilled hands deep in the recesses of dark caves made at the very beginning of our attempts to understand and reconstruct the conscious world. The handprint is a primary source and the unique trace of another human being. Those early hands could, conceivably, have contained the genetic blueprint for any one of us.

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Photograph kindly loaned by Professor R. Layton, Dept of Anthropology, University of Durham
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In referring to those hands I hope the work points to our biological history, our common ancestry and the similitude of Humankind. It has also to do with our search for meaning and leaving our own unique place within the world.
From accompanying catalogue
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Handprints drying
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This work is for sale. Please contact for further details.

Traces gallery Bob Barron Artist