Angel’s Nightie (work-in-progress)
Collage and pencil drawing (2015)
The idea behind Angel’s Nightie is the merging of a chrysalis with a full-size Body bag, with all that entails of my musings on death and rebirth.
I am interested in ‘death’ being a rupture into a new beginning. A new form of life, after perhaps a sleep or a period of gestation.
Just as our ‘milk teeth’ are replaced by teeth that we have grown ourselves, out of our own experience within the first six or seven years of our life, maybe the body we were born into can be replaced by one that we have grown, through our own experiences, so that at the ‘end’ of what we call ‘life’ we are able to give birth to ourselves, in the way a butterfly or dragonfly ‘gives birth to itself’ in a new form.
At first it was strange and a bit eerie when the Body bag I had ordered arrived by courier. After a few days I finally took it out of its box. Spread it out on the floor in my room, in order to study its measurements and openings and structure.
I want to make a body-bag-chrysalis and have been collecting samples of fabrics that I am interested in using. I am also thinking about potentially using scrim and today thought about exploring the option of Japanese paper. Also thought about applique and projecting onto the fabric either using liquid light or screen printing or using a projector as part of the installation of the piece.