I especially fond this evolution collection interesting as it shows, in almost a non-realistic way, how we can alter our bodies. For example our muscles can grow and we as people can adapt our strength/size of muscles. I also like the use of the nude materials used, mimicking the skin, which inspires me to use the same colour palette.
This exaggerated aesthetic is very eye capturing, something I want to be included within my work.
The way Lucy McRae works with the silhouette and extends from it works really well as it focuses on 'body architecture'. As my whole pathway focuses on the body I also want to experiment with extending pieces off the boy and creating unique exaggerated silhouettes on the body.
'Germination day one'
'Germination day eight'
This piece caught my eye, as it is related to growth. It could in a way be linked to raising awareness of the social context of obesity and how it is affecting people in the 21st century, however it is still eye catching and entertaining as a performance piece, This idea of raising awareness I could use when thinking about my project and the concept.
Astronaut Aerobics Institute
Philips design probes
I decided to look into contemporary dance as an extra reference due to the fact I am looking at performance. The way they extend their legs create an unrealistic aesthetic which is misleading to the eye which is something which I think is effective. I plan to further look at extension and how the body can deform itself in order to create these unrealistic forms.
I also like how the model is dressed in all nude clothing, something which will inspire me when styling for he shoot as it looks so natural , focusing on the pure body form.
When researching into evolution - what kept reoccurring is the concept of birds and their elaboration of extension throughout may years. Also the idea of birds having beaks which are manipulated immediately to their environment interested me, and I thought Ana Rajcevic work linked to this highly as it shows the extension of features on the face.
Animal: The Other Side of Evolution
Alexander McQueen Plato's Atlantis
Once I had looked into the idea of extension within different animals, this lead me to look specifically at Alexander McQueen's Plato's Atlantis collection. This collection was done with the idea of the hybridization between women and sea creatures, which I thought worked well within my theme as the body is adapted in order to fit a certain function, under the sea. The pieces mimic the body shape yet extend in certain areas. For example, the 'jellyfish dress' shown above, extends at the waist and on the feet, to create an aquatic aesthetic.
Researching Embossing technique
As I wanted to research different surface textures and how to create them, I looked into the technique of embossing, I tried out the technique using different materials such as lace and a leaves. The leaves imprint worked well as the pattern almost looked like veins, however I overall chose to go with the lace texture as it created almost an animal skin look and it was a lot clearer, therefore would not fade as much when the metal is shaped.
I have used Rebecca Horns work as research for my project due to the fact that her pieces portray an extension on to the body. I specifically chose to look at these two pieces as even though they restrict the body, they also adapt the body in order to function differently. For example, the finger gloves, while restricting small hand movements, can however allow the wearer to reach further, adapting the body and its ability to reach further away.
'Rebecca Horn’s early work focused on the limits and possibilities of human anatomy. She has returned to the subject in a recent series of drawings whose mark-making echoes the scale and movements of her own body.
In 1968–69, aged 24, Horn spent several months as a hospital inpatient following a serious illness. The experience had a profound impact on her. She was already interested in the representation of distressed bodies, and her series of Hospital Drawings depicts human forms with various physical constraints or prosthetic attachments. Though these seem loosely based on medical tools or animal physiology, their function is not obvious and may appear at turns pleasurable or threatening.'
I chose to primarily look at Rebecca Horn's work as it immediately reflected the idea of restriction on the body, while creating other functions. I wanted to progress on this idea of restrictive yet extending, and they way her background has made her focus on physical constraints and prosthetic attachments, this has led me to progress into researching prosthetic, and also deformed body forms, created by adaptation and evolution, a key aspect I will stick to looking at due to my project proposal.
Finger gloves 1972 (fabric, wood and metal)
Moveable shoulder extensions 1971 (feathers, wood, fabric and metal)
'Mechanical body fan'
Arm extensions 1968 (fabric, wood and metal)
When realistically looking into the idea of extending the limbs, prosthetic are used in order to allow people whom have lost limbs, to be able to use replacements, still for the same function.
MARTA JAKUBOWSKI’S FABRIC-HEAVY ‘FASHION CENTIPEDE’
Marta Jakubowki's work I decided to research as it shows more of a fashion perspective on the idea of adaptation. I thought that the draping of material from the body used as a connection relates to the idea of extension from the limbs, however in a way the headpieces also relate to the idea of restriction. This related to Rebecca Horns work highly as the draping allows connection and length, however also restricts the body of certain movements.
"We're dealing with the scars of human evolution," anthropologist Alan Mann
Rebecca Horns interest in physical constraints inspired me to look at the concept of the spine and how it has changed supposedly due to evolution. The image shows how we have 'evolved' and how our spines have had to change in order to facilitate our bipedal-ism.
'while walking upright freed up our hands for tool use, a key factor in human success, the resulting stresses from gravity on the human spine may have led to unique back pains'
This concept inspires me to use the spine as a focus, and create my piece based around this historical issue as it relates to everyone and can be communicated to the audience. The piece therefore will be placed on the spine, and I will aim to alter the models posture using the final outcome in order to raise awareness of this health issue.
Similar to the image above, these diagrams show how the spine develops and reshapes itself. By looking at these compositions it influences me to create the spine piece having my model do different poses and postures in order to show the deformation of the spine.
Scoliosis is the abnormal twisting and curvature of the spine.
It is usually first noticed by a change in appearance of the back.
Typical signs include:
- a visibly curved spine
- one shoulder being higher than the other
- one shoulder or hip being more prominent than the other
- clothes not hanging properly
- a prominent ribcage
- a difference in leg lengths
I decided to research into scoliosis as I thought it relates to my theme of the spine and how our bodies deform abnormally. It was quite interesting looking into this concept and how the spine can curve and twist causing severe physical problems because of issues such as muscle weakness - something I was looking into when looking at extensions of the body.
Bart Hess - Liquified
Bart Hess's project liquify I thought was very similar to Courtney Starretts work. I love the way the material is draping off the skin almost like another layer coming off the body. The way the materials movement creates almost a performance piece encourages me to work with a material such as latex, which can create interesting compositions.
I used Courtney Starrett for research within my production stage as her use of latex, imitating the skin aesthetic helped me decide on a final material for my neck piece. As I wanted a material which would hug the body figure, Courtney Starrett's works shows just this which has inspired me to go forward with the idea of using latex.
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