the chrysalis project
Expanding on the ideas investigated in the work OBAKE and delving deeper into the concept of garment as transformative chrysalis, the symbolism of the metamorphosis process - egg, larva, pupa and imago - and the connections made by the spinning of silken threads; 2018 brings the beginning of research and development stages of a long-imagined body of work that references dreams, nightmares, mythology, the desire for self-determined transformation and the weaving of ones own worlds.
The first stage of the project will begin investigations - through the work MUTAFORMA created for Camille Hannah's BARBARIANS exhibition in collaboration with dancer James Andrews and QUAM CHRYSALLIDEM #1 created for Gliders ENLIGHTENMENT PROJECT in collaboration with dancers Holly Durant & Lily Paskas Goodfellow - the potentialities of movement of the inhabitable sculptures created, as well as examine their possibilities within both a gallery and natural setting.
Further experimentation, documentation, investigation and collaboration with performers Benjamin Hancock, James Andrews and Samuel Harlett-Welk will continue throughout 2018.
The second stage of the project will begin in late June 2018 and will be focused on the consultation, design and development of cocoon-like "skeleton" structures which can safely and effectively contain a performer whilst suspended. This stage of the process will involve specialist consultation with acrobat Jarred Dewey, expert riggers and continued developmental collaboration with dancers Benjamin Hancock, James Andrews and Samuel Hartnett-Welk.
A Work-In-Progress exhibition will be held in Melbourne at 222 Rosslyn late January 2019 before proceeding to a full-scale developmental STAGE #3 creating work for exhibition in the second half of 2019.
Anastasia La Fey is proud to announce that Stage #2 of this project is supported by Creative Partnerships Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund and extend a heartfelt Thank You to all who contributed as patrons to the projects ACF FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN.
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