Rare creatures is a celebration of living sculpture thru fabric and Movement. It is brought to flight by the whimsical draping by the photographer and the brilliant movement by professional dancers and models that give the fabric fantastical new fleeting shapes that mimic new or lost flying creatures. Existing garments are combined with fabrics and are re-draped from their original intention. This is a new body of work in progress.
This series of photographs involves an exploration of the imagination. I wanted to have fantasy creatures come to life. . Using materials that are borrowed, found, and thriftedThe creatures took flight. The images are improvisational and whimsical and sometimes frightening. Normally, I portray the body in a classical or beautiful way, but in this series I wanted to dive into non-traditionally beautiful shapes. My intent was to create mystery, intrigue, fear or delight. The models, many of whom are professional dancers, were asked to explore the fabrics in unfamiliar ways, to invoke a kind of childhood curiosity. My goal is to move the viewer into a space of speculation. I invoke creatures inspired by childhood nightmares to explore the differences between what people see and how they judge the unfamiliar.
special thanks to New York Designer Timothy Johns who graciously loaned many of his beautiful garments and to Moe Rouse from Mannequin clothing store in Cincinnati who first introduced me to his work and facilitated the loan. also special thanks to Shawna maria from Hi-Bred vintage clothing store for additional loan of garments