Once in a chemical burn, part of my finger skin got numb. A week after that accident, with the gauze removed my fingers was able to move normally. However, the sense of touch seemed no more acute, as if there was a thick cloth in between. It became hard for me to tell the touch of a plush toy from that of rough gravel. I could only depend on my vision to know the position of the article, while failed to perceive the status of it more accurately. The lack of tactile message had overwhelmed me when I attempted to reach for things. However, it granted me an opportunity to fee and to experience a different world.
It inspired me to take a note on those articles I had to touch within one day. After my recovery, I started to make some pottery copies of them as a series sculptures in memory of the tough days back. I’ve chosen clay as the substitute for my skin then, and reproduced the blurry sense of touch I’ve felt on it.
(This is a rough translation of the original in Chinese)