Annex gallery, LaTrobe University Bendigo, Vic
An experimental show, working with handmade costumes. Linking my readings to making.
Hollander, Anne. L. Seeing through Clothes. New York: The Viking Press, 1978.
“One might say that individual appearances in clothes are not “statements”, as they are often called, but more like public readings of literary works in different genres of which the rules are generally understood. A genre naturally develops as groups and individuals modify it. Thus Western clothing is not a sequence of direct social and aesthetic messages cast in a language of fabric but, rather, a form of self-perpetuating visual fiction, like figurative art itself” xv
“…peoples combined love and hate of dressing up, the conflicting love of finery and fear of ridicule. costume foolishness lets the actor make a spectacle of himself, and so it invites the spectators’ pleasure both in the act and in not being the one to perform it.” p.264
Monks, Aoife. The Actor in Costume. London. Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
“The costume on the mannequin confronts us with the fact that the costume can be taken off after all…is a removable object with seeming autonomy and a body of its own. … We realise that what we saw onstage was not so much the actor, as the enactment of costuming: the peculiar conflation between flesh and dress and presence.” Epilogue p.140