Bruce Nauman

Raw Material Washing Hands

About this artwork

This stacked two-screen video installation shows the artist washing his hands with a vigour that goes beyond a daily cleaning ritual. The energy of the gesture and the distortive effect of the double screen evoke a sinister prior event and a sense panic or fear. Here Nauman continues his ongoing investigation into human psychology and feelings of discomfort. The sense of anxiety is heightened by the echoing sound of the water draining away for the fifty-five-minute duration of the double footage.

  • title:
    Raw Material Washing Hands
  • accession number:
    AR00579
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  • materials:
    Video, 2 monitors, colour and sound
  • date created:
    1996
  • measurements:
    55 min, 56 sec
  • credit line:
    ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
  • copyright:
    © Bruce Nauman / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and DACS, London 2018.
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms

Bruce Nauman

Bruce Nauman