The Haptic Body

This resource explores the nature of the haptic body in making sculpture.

Daisy and her hand in wire


The word "haptic" comes from the Greek "Haptiklos" meaning to be able to touch.

Here we use the word haptic to describe art which represents the physical and emotional states of the body. We can “feel” the body/sculpture physically. Haptic feelings are not exclusive to a particular time or culture, but are universal. They are feelings that we can share through being human – through the limitations and potential of our bodies.

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