edited by Serge Onnen

Paper book with folded cardboard cover and elastic cord
140 pages, black and white offset, 8"x 9.5"
Edition of 2000

ISBN: 978-0-9799188-8-9

A left hand draws a self portrait on a sheet of paper. The hand leaves the room. Another hand picks up the drawing and looks at it. "Why can't I do this?" This is an extremely jealous hand, and he crushes the drawing. Then he walks toward a hand mirror, opens himself and pushes very hard against his cold reflection. He takes a few steps back and stares at the print made by his heat until it slowly vanishes.

Drawings On Hands is number four in an ongoing series of books on drawings. The hand as a stamp, a model, a stencil, a map, a calendar, a medical index, a relic, an indicator, a saint and a magician. Dutch/French artist Serge Onnen selected the works from historical figures to contemporary artists, as well as anonymous ephemera.

Contributors include Kinke Kooi, Hendrick Goltzius, William Kentridge, Michael Kirkham, Balthus, Raymond Pettibon, Daragh Reeves, Mrzyk & Moriceau, Serge Onnen, Marcel van Eden, Andrej Roiter, Olav Westphalen, Tarzan, Giuseppe Penone, Tamara Shopsin, Marlene Dumas, Trenton Doyle Hancock and many more...

Read an interview with Onnen about the book here.


Other titles by Serge Onnen:

Drawings on Writing

Drawings on Geology