Bruce Nauman

Washing Hands Normal

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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.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Washing Hands Normal
  • date created:
    1996
  • materials:
    Video, 2 monitors, colour and sound
  • measurements:
    55 min, 56 sec
  • object type:
  • 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
  • accession number:
    AR00579
  • gallery:
  • subject:
  • glossary:
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Bruce Nauman

Bruce Nauman