From the artist:
Upon rumination, my work is ultimately an examination of the misappropriations of prescribed cultural ideals through dress history. As a material object, dress can make social distinctions tangible and prescribed, offering us opportunities for the reconciliation of social and individual identity. The intimate relationship between dress and identity has been strenuous to compose, as the very nature of my own self-expression has been subject to scrutiny and presented coarse anxieties around how I exhibit and define my work. My research images here act as an anthology into dress history and allows for an interim into the symbolic, presented upon an equally symbolic setting- the stone staircase. I articulated my apprehension into how positions of power could design into social infrastructure and my responsibility in displaying aspirational norms. Studying post-colonialism in design contexts supported my affirmation into the obstructions of aspirational lifestyles as a woman of colour. My deliberation on fantasy as opposed to authenticity was intriguing in its role in evaluating a culture where status is based on the histories we identify with. Interrogating the veracity of my past work alongside examination of my practice’s historical and contextual theories has shed light on the intricacies of how they interact and offers a divination on my pursuit in historical research.