Artist Statement: My piano’s design is based on the lines on the palms of my hands, abstracted into bright warm colors and broken sharp lines. Though it can be considered a specific “self-portrait,” the content is meant to be universal. Like a fingerprint, everyone can relate to having unique creases on our palms. All of us have curiously and casually studied these individual markings, an accumulating result of both genetic traits and life experience. Of course, it is through the attention, labor, movement, and heat of our hands that a piano is played. Although it’s based on palm lines, I also wanted to convey a feeling of heat and fire, something I also associate with hands and all that they create. Even though the design is relatively abstract, there is a warmth, ease, and subtlety that the public can enter without conceptual pretension and enjoy for its beauty alone. Ultimately, the piece is about the hot intimacy of hands—as is the act of playing the piano.
  • 2018

Heat from Palms of My Hands


Julia Cocuzza

Public Location

Tribeca Park (June 4 - 24, 2018)

Permanent Home

P.S. 147 (Delivered Fall 2018)

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