I am compelled by the strangeness and wonder of the work of Clarina Benzzola who creates costume as part of performance, exhibition, video and installation. They are amazing often grotesque and shocking and inspirational in their challenging concepts, textures and shapes. So this is the first of a few posts that I want to write to share her work.
Inside Out 2005 and 2008
"We are vessels filled with thoughts and feelings. Most of them we never become aware of because there's no place for them in our rational minds. They seem childish, inappropriate and too strange. As years go by, we loose track of all those little voices, which we keep shoving into the dark chambers of our unconsciousness. We succumb to our social responsibilities."
"In Inside-Out, I illustrate the tragedy of an individual loosing the connection with oneself. The entire mass of unexpressed emotions has accumulated and grown into an unbearable burden. When the drama becomes intensified to the extent that even breathing becomes difficult, the protagonist gives up control and lets all seams burst. Songs of longing and sadness slip out along with fantastic creatures of all shapes and colours. Having welcomed all aspects of self, any protective shield becomes unnecessary." Clarina Benzzola