One of the photos of my brother captured him trying to get me to do something for him. He took my arm as if it was my handle, like some kind of teapot. I wrote a post about this occasion a back in September (2013). Mike is autistic, very low functioning and nonverbal.
Since Mike doesn’t talk, he can’t tell me anything, least of all what he wants. Since he is low functioning and autistic, I think that he sees other people as objects. At least, that’s how he acts. It stands to reason therefore that if he wanted something that he couldn’t get for himself, he would make use the tools at his disposal. In the case described above, he used my arm as a tool.
In my recent gesture sketches, I have included the photograph from which the hand gesture was excerpted. Today I purposely omitted the photograph. I ask the reader to look at the sketch below before looking at the photograph in the Arm as Tool post.
I’m not certain what emotion, if any, this sketch evokes. I think the eye is attracted to the more-defined hand at first, when the entire image is viewed at once – this hand is also seen first when scrolling down a computer screen. The grasping hand is less defined, perhaps indicating action. At the very least, there is some kind of contrast or tension set up between the images of the hands.
I welcome any feedback about the sketch above, prior to seeing the photograph as well as after. Does your perception of the sketch change after viewing the photo? It has more information than what I excerpted. Would I need to include more in the sketch to get an emotional response?
As always, thank you for reading.