Figures of fear : the material embodiment of fear, fashioned and performed : an exegesis presented in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Fine Arts at Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand
This little black book is an exploration into the material embodiment of fear, fashioned and performed. Figures of Fear discusses themes related to fear, othering, the colour black, materiality, embodiment and fashioned performance. Fear is presented in its historical framework, as well as its use and impact today. I reference my own history and relationship with fear, having grown up in South Africa, and how that has served as a catalyst for this work. The concept of the 'Other' and the act of othering is highlighted as a vehicle through which fear operates. In conjunction with this, emphasis is placed on materiality and the use of black in fashion and fear. Despite having deep roots in fashion, this work exists in a fine arts context today whilst illustrating the strong connection between performance and fashion. Fear is riddled with contradictions, and has the ability to illuminate deep rooted views and ideologies within an individual.