Well. It has been a long time since I posted any form of update. I haven’t done any work related to my thesis since I finished filming the body footage. However, I have been doing a lot of thinking and planning for next semester. Over the break, I plan to edit and finalize the body video, as well as rewrite my thesis statement.
Next semester, I intend to work on projects that deal more with the human form, and am actually leaving behind the core of this past semester’s work. In a way, I worry that this semester was a waste of time, but I know that I needed a period of uncertainty in order to better understand what it is that I want to work towards.
My plans for next semester involve costume creation, flexible sculpture, and adornment of the body. Though I may not show it, I am very interested in the world of fashion, particularly expressive, avant-garde fashion. I intend to create works of art and design that use the body as a vehicle for expression, works that require the human form in order to be complete.
Last year, I created this mask/hood. There are panels for the eyes, the nose and the mouth. My intention was to create an accessory for myself that would allow me to control how much of myself I expose to the outside world, and how much of the outside world I expose myself to. Ideally I would also create ear-flaps created from some kind of sound-proof material. This hood is meant to serve as a form of voluntary sensory deprivation. As a very private person, I sometimes find it overwhelming to be out in public. This hood is a sort of symbol for the ability I wish I had, the ability to hide/have ultimate control.
Next semester I plan to create more work like this. Not necessarily about privacy and protection, but work that specifically involves being worn on the body, work inspired by “fashion,” in an extremely loose sense.
Some artists that inspire me are Matthew Barney, Rebecca Horn, Philip Treacy and Alexander McQueen, among others.
Some work by Alexander McQueen.
Some work by Rebecca Horn.