Third Year Projects

Brandon Oreto Manus

Manus (Latin for hands) are one of the key tools that lead humans to evolve to where we are today. We use our hands to manipulate and interact with the world around us. Our hands are one of the things that make us unique as a species but also relative to one another. Just like a face, our hands contain unique features like our fingerprints but also markers of experience like scars and wrinkles. We use our hands for almost everything and as a result our life becomes imprinted on them forever. They become an archival index of our lifestyle, our identity and our life story. Some people have well kept hands with artistically painted nails, others rough and damaged from years of a harsh lifestyle. Certain people may have small scratches from working with sharp objects or maybe their hands are dry from constantly having to wash them at work. Hands age like the rest of us, skin wrinkles, joints may swell, they may get scared or deformed, creating a permanent artifact of an event that happened many years ago. My dad has worked in a shop for 30 years, his hands are dry, cracked and scared. My grandmother was a secretary for most of her working life, her joints are swollen from decades of writing and typing. I myself have a small scar on my right hand from my high school robotics shop, an artifact from a chapter of my life that shaped my future. Manus captures these unique elements of our hands and demonstrates how they can distinguish us from each other.