Student Work

  • Fine Arts (BFA)

    E G Condon

    iiiiiiiiieeooo| or Grief Distorts The Body

    After a friend's funeral, I realized that I had never truly considered the fact that the body continues to exist after death (that my body will exist after I die). The living body is in a process of decay similar to the decay of the deceased. While the body is constantly fighting to keep itself alive, it can't help but slowly work itself to death, while the physical demands of life become more and more difficult. I have been exploring how to evoke bodies that are not present and how to represent what remains in their absence using textiles that provide comfort to the user while obscuring the body. One aim of my work is to capture the feeling of wrapping yourself up in blankets and hiding from the outside world. Making full-body costumes out of quilts is a way to convey that feeling. By looking at an object most people have experiences with (a quilt) without having to wear a more foreign object (a costume), I have developed an abstract language that represents personal narrative and movements while still remaining open to the viewer's interpretation.