Tools: a device or implement, especially one held in the hand, used to carry out a particular function.
Finger painting may have been introduced to us as young as 6-months of age. Parents placed saturated puddles of paint in front of our wide eyes and we were unleashed. We utilized our phalanges as if they were brushes and pens; dipping finger tips into pools of red and yellow and emphatically smothering white sheets with swirl after swirl of color. There were giggles above and around us as we spread paint into unrecognizable rainbows and asymmetrical patterns. We didn’t stop with our fingers. Our palms, elbows, toes, and perhaps even our bellies, were tools to create new worlds.
When did we stop using our bodies to create? When did we begin to allow shame to filter our imaginative mode of making?
Original Acrylic Painting on 140lb Hot Press Watercolor Paper 18x24"