Acrylic on Canvas
Signed by the artist
40x40cm / 16x16" approx.
'Gestures I (what?)' by Deirdre Hyde
The 'Finger Purse' is a very well-known Italian hand gesture - it even has its own emoji - and can express a feeling of confusion / questioning / exasperation or even annoyance depending on the situation.
"What are you trying to say?"
"What do you want?"
"What do you mean?"
Taken from a series of hand gesture paintings by Costa-Rica based artist Deirde Hyde, exploring non-verbal communication, language and meanings lost in translation.
We may think that the hand signals we use in our own country / culture would be easily recognised and understood in other parts of world - but beware! Many commonly used gestures can have completely different meanings depending on where thay are used, and could get you into trouble or result in you insulting or offending someone when you think you are doing the exact opposite.