Multi-Touch Portraits: From/To Commissions

Multi-Touch Portraits: From/To Commissions
Thumb prints on tracing paper
4.25″ x 2.5″

Multi-Touch Portraits: From/To Commissions are created by typing the subject’s email address into the mail app on a smart phone with inked fingers. The pieces aim to create a connection between the generic gestures associated with typing on a touch screen device with the specific identities of the painter (‘from’) and the subject (‘to’).

The From/To Commissions are part of a larger series called Multi-Touch Paintings, which are created by performing simple routine tasks on multi-touch handheld computing devices with inked fingers. The series is a comment on computing and identity, but also creates an archive of this moment in history where we have started to manipulate pixels directly through gestures that we were unfamiliar with just over 5 years ago.