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Sensory Surrogate, 2019, Latex, neoprene-jersey, perspex, high-density upholstery foam

Intimacy Package, 2019, Latex, neoprene-jersey, perspex, high-density upholstery foam

Grace Woodcock’s practice is a response to ‘touch depravation’, a condition that arises through minimal physical contact with others. The condition is common in societies where physical contact is not part of everyday life.

Sensory Surrogate and The Intimacy Package are inspired by mirror-touch synaesthesia; a neurological condition where the sensation of touch is experienced through observing others being touched. Responding to this phenomenon, Woodcock’s works act as soft prosthesis for the body; each object a non-human replacement for the loss of tactile experience.

Grace Woodcock

Grace Woodcock graduated with an MA from the Royal College of Art following a BA at Edinburgh College of Art (2016). Recent exhibitions include RCA SHOW 19, Royal College of Art, London, Can’t Touch This, Chalton Gallery, London, Flicks and Licks, a solo show at SWG3, Glasgow, East Wing Biennial, The Courtauld, Guest Projects, London, Generator Projects, Dundee; Glasgow Print Studio, Glasgow; RSA New Contemporaries, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh; and Blip blip blip, Leeds. She was awarded the George Jackson Hutchinson Memorial Prize 2016 for excellence in painting.

Instagram: @grakenstein / Twitter: @grakenstein

Hertfordshire Open 2020

This artwork was selected for the first Hertfordshire Open Exhibition. The exhibition online galleries are hosted between and and will be launched in stages throughout April 2020.

Over 180 artists with links to Hertfordshire submitted their work to be part of the inaugural exhibition. Chosen by an independent panel of judges, the exhibition features 80 stunning works by the 50 selected artists, creating an exciting mix of work by established artists alongside emerging talent and first-time exhibitors.

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