It's been a busy week at King's, making Takuhon prints in the Life Science museum from its wonderful collections of bones, shells, corals, fossils, feathers, beaks etc. It is a haptic method of understanding the collection through weight, texture, form, contour. I am imprinting the tactile memory of each object as I work, bringing it intimately alive to me. Each print takes time, the object gives up the secrets of its folds and hidden cavities only after I have attentively and repeatedly felt its surface through the paper. I can't see the objects as they are hidden under the paper. Touch enables a very different way of knowing the collections compared to the the sense of sight, which is the primary sense used by zoologists to categorise. I begin to develop my own taxonomy based on form and the memory of the felt surfaces. I do the same with the Zeigler models in the general laboratories.
To focus on forms I choose to limit my palette to one colour. This leads me to think about blueprints, and of each object (whether it is mammal, reptile, insect etc) as part of a larger whole, and not as a distinct separate entity. I later display the prints in the laboratories as a taxonomy.