Sylvia Sarpong, They will wear you, Regardless
For this project I started by conducting research on the relationship between the viewer and the artwork. I wondered what it would be like if I took over the role of the viewer. As a viewer, how can I separate myself from the process of the maker? How does an image communicate with me and how do I interpret it ?
I want to know what happens when control is no longer in my own hands.
This research offers me the opportunity to explore the duality between control and spontaneity. As a creator I can have an idea of what I want to achieve, but the outcome will depend on the unpredictable processes of the natural world. This research gives me the opportunity to test my own creativity and develop the ability to enjoy the unexpected outcome that can result from the process.
I use bacteria/fungi to create an image that develops through the process of growth. The process of using bleach is used to destroy the garment. The combination of these two processes can lead to very unexpected results and can be a challenge for me as a creator, because I have no control over the final product.
The resulting image of the whole collection is the result of the interplay of the natural elements of the mold/bacteria and the artificial element of the bleach.