For the Love of Touch
When we talk about intimacy and touch, we often quickly think about the connection between two or more people. In ‘For the Love of Touch’, Nadia explores intimacy without ‘the other’, using photography and other media. She is interested in tactility and how we show affection towards ourselves through tender movement.
In her belief that objects can have substantial emotional worth through touch and attachment, she also presents a series of comfort objects.
A ‘Security Blanket for Adults’ was the idea behind the abstract objects. As children we get a certain sense of security and comfort from a soft blanket or bear, but as adults we are not offered such external support. This series of wooden objects arose from a need to be able to offer comfort and support, without being dependent on the presence or goodwill of others. Dipping into the concept of psychological essentialism, Nadia believes that objects can offer such a comfort. An object stays with you and is always available.
Out of an intrinsic gravitation towards homeless people, Nadia researched the worth of sentimental objects for those who have no other material possessions. She hopes to be able to distribute these objects to them and have it be an object of comfort, security and hope in a difficult and often lonely situation. For every sold object, therefore, a second object is donated to a homeless person.