I had rather that all the commons of England were sunk in the sea, than that the poor should in future be treated on enclosing as they have been hitherto.

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  1. Lisa:
    This is the last sentence of the chapter The Morality of Improvement and it is a quote by Arthur Young.

    This is one of my very recent works where I look at hands as agents of people doing something or as agents of responsibility and being involved and having an impact: the idea that improvement might be a term that can be seen from lots of different directions and that morality is something that has to do with people making an active decision whether they want to do one thing or the other so there’s that active involvement and knowing that if you’re deciding to do something, you’re also deciding for other people so you have a responsibility: you have an impact on other people.

    I use images from a first aid book so there are a lot of people handling other people and it’s very kind of text booky and at the same time very caring, very gentle and empathetic so everything feels quite smooth and soft and, at the same time, slightly ambiguous. It’s something I’ve been very interested in: agency, your own agency, the agency of other people, at a time when you can have off-shore bank accounts and nobody can be held accountable because you can’t see the person behind it; it’s all hidden.

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