“THE CREATION OF GARMENTS FOR “GHOSTS” IS AN ATTEMPT TO MATERIALISE THE INTANGIBLE INNER SELF WITHIN THE WORLD OF OUR CONSCIOUSNESS.”
So you studied Graphic Design at Central Saint Martins, yet you also created the garments which feature in your video work. What were your motivations to make them, how did you make them, and how you feel the garments fit with what you’re trying to represent?
The series of films entitled “Ghosts,” explores a personal hypothesis that disregards the accepted notions of science and intellectual pressure towards a unified view of self. It presents a concept of duality by imagining the body to be a container for multiple selves. Instead of seeing us as multifaceted, this hypothesis sees each self/personality to be a concentrated version of itself, like an atom, which I have chose to call, “Ghost.”
Our body is singular, and a different “Ghost” takes over our body form, causing us to behave differently accordingly, reacting diversely according to the environment and situation. The creation of garments for “Ghosts” is an attempt to materialise the intangible inner self within the world of our consciousness. I started the process by building epic ideas about creating installations to articulate the concept but became overwhelmed by the scale. I had a huge creative block for 3 months but what came after was a reaction to the frustration of it all. I decided to stop over-conceptualising and to create by “feeling.” I went through a strange phase with me putting found objects in front of my face. The exploration process germinated and I started making prototypes with materials that interested me in the way it distorted or changed the human form.
This curiosity was great for this project because of the fact that we have become so used to identify the physical human form as part of our identity. But who is the I that knows the body version of me? Am I the person who I see in the mirror or is it the one within? If so, who is the one within that has an image of myself and sense of identity over time? We speak about our consciousness, but what happens when we materialise that into a physical form? Will we recognise ourselves? What happens when we we manipulate the form that we have grown so used to see – the way our bodies move, the shapes it creates and the limited characteristics of its physicality? What would it really be like if we can stand outside ourselves and look at us?