'Plump out Life's Hollows!' is a study of ritual. By using elements of decoration, dancing and colour I wanted to free up my practice and add a splash of excitement to my life.
The title is taken from a publication 'The Decorated Body' by Robert Brain. In one of his descriptions of a funeral ceremony he explains how they treat the body to "plump out deaths hollows" so the person looks as they did when they were alive. This term resonated with me at a time when I was working full-time and living 'the dream' in a big house in the suburbs with my boyfriend. I felt utterly fettered and wanted to create a work that plumped out the hollows in my life.
Set in a cottage in country Victoria the series was shot in three stages with costume and movement becoming more and more prominent at each stage.
The project is also inspired by Josephine Baker, Frida Kahlo, M.I.A. and Keith Haring. They are all artists whose work I find incredibly vibrant, free and motivating.
Costume. Maxine O'Heare
Choreography. Michaela Pegum