the chrysalis project

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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 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 and James Andrews.                                                                                                                                                                                 The aim is to perform an initial Work-In-Progress January/ Febuary 2019 before proceeding to a full-scale developmental STAGE #3 creating work for exhibition in the second half on 2019.      

ANASTASIA IS CURRENTLY SEEKING PATRONAGE/ FUNDING OF STAGE 2# OF THIS PROJECT TO ASSIST WITH MATERIAL COSTS, PERFORMER FEES & SPECIALIST CONSULTATION FEES (STAGE #2)

- to contribute to or for more details for stage #2 of the project, please visit the ACF FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN BY CLICKING HERE