Connecting seeks to explore the relationship people have with themselves, and the relationship I have with them. This piece starts to deeply explore an outsider’s perspective on an individual and their own perspective on themselves. There is inevitably a “lens” in which an artist will take when creating art; it is a reflection of their own beliefs; this is a step towards being conscious of this “lens” and image created.
How can I use other individuals in my work without simply erasing the individuals themselves? How do I take elements of them and incorporate it with me? How do I separate myself with the model? How does this process affect our relationship? What do the individuals learn about themselves through the process, what do I learn?
Split into three different sections, this pieces’ importance lies within its process and collaboration.
It begins with an abstractive emotional painting, where I am conversing with the individual who is an artist themselves; they paint how they feel and respond organically to our conversation. The conversations touch upon self reflection, their emotions and our relationship. Recorded through video.
Garments are then created that suit each individual, using their painting as fabric. Conversing with the individuals, elements of their specific traits or attributes are incorporated into the design. It includes designs based upon my interpretation and perspective on the individual while also ensuring each step of creation is shared with them.
The individuals are then photographed in their garment. Further playing on the role of myself, the photographer and outsider, and themselves. The style, colour, action and more are determined by myself through considering the garment and the individual.
Installed through video projection on garments, printed digital photographs displayed on the side.
In conjunction with How Do You Feel?