The Learned Hand
by Hayley Morrison, Council District 5
Watercolor, marbled paper, acrylic paint on paper, 2019
Courtesy of the Artist
The overarching concept in “The Learned Hand” is the evolution of beliefs based on new information. More specifically, concepts of patriarchy and tradition, the role of secular education in the spiritual, and communication with god are explored. The hand imagery is dually representative of the will of god and the will of man, while intense colors and patterns appear disorienting and surreal juxtaposed with the natural elements that represent “the unknown” or mysterious.