“The only pure, virginal sense that remains is touch. It’s also the only one that hasn’t been catered for by the arts. It hasn’t been aestheticised. I see it as an unexplored plain; I believe there is a buried treasure there.”
Today, I came across a simple piece of art that I found very powerful. My curiosity got the best of me and I decided to click the link that had been posted with it. It brought me to a Tumblr called Being an Island.
One of the first things that stuck out to me when I started reading, was that this wasn’t just a normal blog: it wasn’t about the media, or cat gifs, or retrospect. It was about a girl who was looking for support while going through a very psychologically taxing experiment. An experiment, where for two months she would not touch a single person. Not one.
By the time I was done reading I had to reevaluate how important touching is to a human being. Because we touch everything but nothing is as important as when we connect with each other. A quick squeeze of someones hand for strength, a touch to an arm– perhaps concern or comfort, even something as simple as a hug can completely change a persons mood. And she denied her self all of it for two months, even when it brought her pain.
Now the piece of art (below) that led me to all of this has a different and deeper meaning than it did before. To me it means essence. To me it means comfort. To me it means something that we take for granted. And it strikes me– what she and her blog did. She was reaching out to people and people were reaching back. She was touching them (and them her) without ever having to feel flesh beneath her fingers.
Just some parting words and something to think about:
“They say after seven years your skin cells have completely regenerated, so if you went seven years without touching another person, essentially you’d be in a body that no one had ever touched, you’d be entirely yourself, at least physically. It’s an interesting concept.“
~Diane (blogger of Being an Island)
To read more about Being an Island you can visit the blog here: Being an Island Blog