Some background on how I created theCuffedseries. I modeled a small hand in clay inspired by the hands in Parmigianino’s 1530 painting,Madonna of the Rose. After making a mold of the refined plaster version, I cast the hand numerous times in wax and modeled various wax “cuffs” onto the hands, and then they were cast in bronze. I also cast hands in resin and modeled different “cuffs” onto them using cast resin forms and Apoxie clay. Then I painted them with either oil paint or acrylic gouache (after a trillion hours of sanding and filing). The hand remains the same in this series, a stand-in for the self. The positions and “cuffs” change, and the hand is usually in a gesture of letting go or receiving.