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.
Although seeded from the creative vision of La Fey, the project is a collaborative one, with sound artist Michele Vescio as primary collaborator.
The first stage of the project - EGG - began investigations into - through the work MUTAFORMA created for Camille Hannah's BARBARIANS exhibition in collaboration with Vescio and performer James Andrews and QUAM CHRYSALLIDEM #1, created for Gliders ENLIGHTENMENT PROJECT at VIVID Festival 2018 and in collaboration with performers 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.
The lead-up to the second stage of the project began in late June 2018 and was 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 and expert rigger Rockie Stone.
Stage #2 - LARVAE - Development begins in January 2019 with primary collaborators La Fey & Vescio being joined by performers Benjamin Hancock, James Andrews and Samuel Harnett-Welk, video artist Kiarash Zangeneh and photographer Damian Stevens.
Anastasia La Fey is proud to announce that the lead-up to 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.