Have you ever felt trapped? Trapped in your body, under the authority of your mind?
Helpless, hopeless, heartsick, guilty, abused… It’s a trap! You’re stuck with unacknowledged feelings! In such situations, with limitations of the ideas and emotions, people might suffer from paralysis, unable to flee their anxieties, since their reflections are directed inwards.
Following the flow of thoughts of the workshop’s exercise, this installation piece discusses the manipulation of costumes in a static state of being, putting across the relationship between the body and mind, a costume and movement in the space.
L195 x D80 x H215 cm
After a track of memories and achievements in her hometown Beirut, Rita has decided to step away from her dear metropolis to a new land of intrigue.
She has always been diverted by one’s ability to envision and translate ideas into visual experiments, evoking emotions from others.
Through her current stay in Geneva, in the purpose of the Master of Spaces and Communication at the Haute École d’Art et de Design, she intends to combine and implement different disciplines that communicate a sensory narrative to people.
Along her path, she had the chance of working with some of the most exciting designers and scenographers in Beirut after graduating with a bachelor of Interior Architecture from Académie Libanaise Des Beaux-Arts.
She seeks to continue expanding her horizons further, and pushing the boundaries of what defines a ‘space’; whether it’s through exploring the elements that make it, or finding new mediums to integrate together.
To create this piece, Rita Hajj started by drawing a photo of Yayoi Kusama’s “Give me Love” without looking at the paper, this was the result:
The second step of the process was to create a dress following the words suggested by that drawing:
Rita’s keywords born from these were: TRAPPED, BODY, MIND
After observing and analysing the dress that was sketched in the beginning of the workshop, the matter of the elasticity of a fabric in harmony with the elasticity of a body came into thought.
Ideas, sketches, researches, more ideas, more sketches, more researches, some more ideas, some more sketches, final sketch!
A wooden structure was conceived, focusing on having one anchor point, from which a person is hung. The idea is that a costume and a structure become one element once a person is within, restricting its movements in the space, simulating the feeling of being trapped.
The sketch led to the use of a software that aids in drawing the piece with precise dimensions.
Following that, the wood was cut and prepared, the fabric was sown, and the piece was ready for construction.
And finally comes the finalisation of the work, and the documentation.