Lámhanna (Hands)


Steel with marine-grade primer and paint,
8’7″h x 6’10″w x 3’9″d.

This piece can be seen at The Haen Gallery in Brevard, NC.

The inspiration for this piece comes from a natural rock formation found in Glen Lyon, Perthshire, Scotland. When viewed from a certain angle, the rocks look like a pair of hands pressed together.

My piece is an abstract interpretation of this formation. I wanted to capture the precarious nature of the rocks without literally replicating them. Working with steel, I created the ‘hands’ as one monolithic piece, and to capture the tension of the original formation, I elevated and suspended the ‘hands’ between two adjacent boulder-like shapes. Furthermore, the face of the ‘hands’ is tilted forward fifteen degrees to give the observer the uneasy feeling that the formation could fall forward. It is quite secure, and even though I am well aware of this, I still enjoy the excitement of standing in front of it.

The name Lámhanna (pronounced lah-vah-NAH) is the ancient gaelic word for hands.

In progress…

Original Sketch: