I have a constant interest in looking at images of large fashion house's haute couture collections. Although 'haute couture' defines a financial quality to it's outfit 'couture' alone simply defines a garment that is specifically made and tailored to a certain person with precise measurements. I have returned to old works for the time being and been reflective on this interest I have in the couture- my 'summer coat' performance falls into this idea of the couture- an garment made specifically to my body. I have started to make another to do the inverse, of recreating the bodily structure and then tailoring it into a more recognisably human shape. A sort of anti-costume as the final creation will not be wearable despite starting at the same point of the wearable, and using the same amount of material. it is almost the life and death of the costume, and I intend to sew them together. A kind of companion of sorts. But also representative of a kind of looming mortality, when I perform, I would appear to be carrying and almost decayed version of myself. I feel this will only communicated when in the outfit, as we lose form when the original costume is not coupled with the body to fill it.
To work through my ideas in regard to sentimentality and objects that carry some sort of human presence I have effectively skinned my summer coat performance, so the body is that same body from the Schism show, removed from the confines of the duvet in which it was stitched into. The skin (which actually was my skin for the week) carries the scars of the week long performance, including the scars where I'd stitched holes thats formed, along with the wear and tear of the private view experience.There will always be some kind of detachment for the newer body because it is a repetition. Just like everyday after the private view in which experience was repeated and so disconnected in some way from the original manifestation, I have the bond to the original. I won't be able to interact in the same way, it's use inhibited in comparison to it's original, making it a useless burden to carry. I have been stitching a kind of more facially recognisable presence that would induce more of a human quality to the inhuman design, to test the limit of feeling for this new object.