Continuing on with the theme of collaborating with all of my mates, I recently joined up with Magda Wojtas . My friend Magda creates colourful embroideries and garments, filled with sequins, glitter and gems. She tells me her recent work is inspired by human’s treatment of the planet in particularly the amount of plastic we discard in the sea. Her work often has this look that compounds disposable plastic, manmade-ness with natural forms. It’s very different than my normal work but she approached me last term after seeing my more colourful experiments with my pig form. Magda has recently expanded her work onto her body in to for of makeup, which is what initially connected our work. I’ve showed her makeup in order to help her transform herself into a fish that’s merged with the plastic in the sea by making flexible gelatine scales. She suggested we perform together, to fit Magda’s theme of humans influence on nature, I dresses up as a cosmetic testing lab pig! To correspond to the fake, plasticity aesthetic we were going for. I dawned my piggy prosthetic and smeared my face and body in a thick layer of makeup products and paint. When we finally got together to capture our looks in the insulation room we set about transforming the space into a plastic underwater scene using brightly coloured martials, bioluminescent fairy lights and Magda’s embroidered garments. We also projected some of Magda’s brightly coloured projections. What happened next can only be described as Groovy-Underwater-Plastic-Disco. We had a whale of I time just bouncing ideas off each other and just seeing what happens.
I felt last term when I had captured the pig form in the pink room, I liked it but I felt it lacked something, it wasn’t until I projected it onto the shower that I began to like the piece. But capturing it in this psychedelic campy scene felt really freeing and playful. Sometimes I feel that’s what my work can lack a bit sometimes, this spontaneous playfulness, I think working with Magda brought this out if me a little more.