I am an independent artist/maker working in the realms of textile artistry, inhabitable sculptures, textile-centric installations and collaborative multi-disciplinary works. With a background in couture and costume, since 2016 my focus has increasingly moved toward an art-based practice specifically interested in investigating the deep connections of the human psyche to cloth, the relationship between garment and body and the symbolic and totemic power of dress.
I am seeking funding for the second stage of a long-imagined series of multidisciplinary and collaborative installation works that reference dreams, nightmares, mythology and the desire for self-determined transformation.
The CHRYSALIS PROJECT expands on ideas investigated in the previous works OBAKE (exhibited in 2017) and further developed through MUTAFORMA & QUAM CHRYSALLIDEM #1 (both works to be shown in May/June 2018), and delving deeper into the concept of the garment as transformative chrysalis and the symbolism of the metamorphosis process.
With increasing interest in my work following my 2017 independent exhibition BRUTALIST – 11 inhabitable sculptures, I wish to continue with my current momentum, support and build on the strong collaborative relationships I have formed with fellow independent creative practitioners and to move forward toward the realisation of this creative vision.
Your support for independent projects such as this allows for practitioners such as myself and my collaborators to create works that showcase and celebrate the talent, expertise, and creative vision of local art makers not working in the creative mainstream.
The funding sought for this stage of development period of June – November 2018 will be focused on the consultation, design and development of cocoon-like structures which can safely and effectively contain a performer – with funds specifically being utilised for materials and to pay consultation and testing and development fees to consulting performers, acrobat Jarred Dewey, dancers James Andrews and Benjamin Hancock, and to various structural and rigging specialists.
The funds will also be used to allow me to dedicate further time in the studio for textile fabrication, investigation and experimentation, without the need to seek an external financial income, in order to prepare for an initial work-in-progress exhibition slated for early 2019.
For more information on The CHRYSALIS PROJECT specifically and on my general creative practice please visit http://www.anastasialafey.com/