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In a fearful desire, I am considering the power of the mind, and the idea that fear has the ability to pull the mind in dueling directions surrou… Read More
In a fearful desire, I am considering the power of the mind, and the idea that fear has the ability to pull the mind in dueling directions surrounding a single fixation. I am describing the uncanny nature of phobia in that it creates a cognitive dissonance, the experience of being both attracted to, yet repulsed by a subject. I am working with my own experiences of phobia, specifically ornithophobia (fear of birds) as inspiration to communicate this greater idea. This is apparent in my choice to use bird skin as the ‘fabric’ for what is a hooded garment that stands alone as a sculpture. By skinning the birds and using the remains as my material I am using my own hand to, in a sense, remove their power, by way of physically carrying out the disturbed act. I then reconstruct the material to create a garment that might be seen as a shelter or space of vulnerability and comfort. While a fear can become strong enough to desire death, the fixation can in turn release a sense of security and desire for its presence. Ultimately recognizing the point of trauma and allowing the very source to ‘heal the wounds’ itself inflicted. Read Less
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a fearful desire
Various home-tanned bird leathers (goose, duck, pheasant, chicken, quail) hand-stitched with thread