Clay Technology magazine
15 Feb 2018

After his father died, Danish artist Dan Stockholm created a special memorial.

To cope with the death of his father, Dan Stockholm focused on work. The artist went to his father’s home and touched every brick of the exterior walls. This took him three days and he then went to translate the imprints of his hands into clay bricks.

The installation, called By Hand, shows a selection of bricks with the imprints of Stockholm’s hands or fingers. It is not the first time that the artist has used the sense of touching to create his works and the By Hand exhibition is part of a bigger, House titled work. ‘After the sudden death of my father, I methodically touched his entire house on the outside centimetre by centimetre,’ said Stockholm. After having touched the last brick, I made a number of negative plaster casts of my hands.’ Stockholm then proceeded to form moulds for the clay bricks.

The plaster casts are also part of the exhibition. Stockholm used these in other installations and sculptures, thereby creating a lasting memorial for his late father.