I am beginning to understand the circumstances as a strange residency opportunity; one without funding, without a solo exhibition and without provision of workshops and materials. My ‘home residency’ shall be self initiated and encourage me to adapt my practice and create work that encourages resourcefulness and a consideration for methods of presentation and context. 

Research has always underpinned my practice and the first two weeks I have spent understanding the threads I want to pull from my subject area: the relationship between art and science. Learning from the works of Hilma Af Klint and considering the discoveries made in DNA by Rosalind Franklin I am beginning to piece together a framework for my practice. This framework is rooted in spiritual versus theoretical understandings of evolution, human body and how we make sense of the world. 

Thinking about organic and manmade forms and the ways in which a virus as powerful as Coronavirus is able to compromise our systems both in our body and in our society I have begun to think again, as I did last semester, about the ways in which I can ‘attach’ my makings to the body through garments.

This week I experimented making sculptural collages, photographing these using a microscope camera with the view to developing the outcomes, scanning them and processing them as a sublimation print onto fabric. This printed fabric (chiffon/silk) would then be used as a part of a garment made with the view to reference the PPE and laboratory clothing, as though no matter how deftly formed the particles of this abstract virus may appear they have the ability to overcome the human body, shrouding our immunity and dampening our senses.  

A particular image of McQueen’s ‘No13’ display came to mind and feels as if it is a ‘hook’ for this potential opportunity to develop my skills in garment construction. Alongside works in fabric, I also want to pursue opportunities to work in wood, making models and maquettes to co-exist with garments and reference the process of scientific evolution and discovery. 

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