Nancy Plotkin and Margaret Lanterman - October 2008

PPloPLanterman's sculptures and Plotkin's paintings take an intimate look

at people who make their living by working with their hands.  Taking

this concept further, the artists explore how the work of one's hands

defines one's identity.  They have selected subjects whose work might

range from boxing to baking, from firefighting to tailoring.  These

real-life models are represented by two pieces of art, a painting of

the head and a sculpture of the hands.  "I'm always trying to reach

through and touch the character inside" says Plotkin.  "I go for the

soul".  Similarly, Lanterman sees the subject's hands as shaped by

work that become, in her words, "a map of one's experience, a gate to

the landscape of a person's life."