e have some human evolution on our agenda for you today. The bodily mutations imagined here by London-based fashion artist Ana Rajcevic grabbed our attention almost instantly. Ana Rajcevic created her conceptual collection ‘Animal: The Other Side of Evolution’ at the London College of Fashion’s MA Fashion Artefact Program. Animal forms appear as extensions of the human body, suggesting “strength, power, and sensuality.”
The pieces she has created have a double life: on the one hand, are fashionable adornments, playing upon features of the human face, and, on the other hand, when seen alone, are covetable sculptures. Working in fiberglass, silicone rubber and resin, Rajcevic set out to create a collection of pieces which wouldn’t fall under the traditional mold of jewelry or accessories, and to develop a new type of artefact; precious objects which can be worn or exhibited. See our interview below.
TL: The function of these pieces seem to have a multiplicity to them, how do you envision their functions and where, how do they function differently on their own as opposed to worn on the body?
AR: These artefacts are made to be worn, but they have a different aesthetic quality when removed from the body and exhibited in gallery spaces. It’s not really a question of “function” but rather a different kind of visual impact these objects acquire when they exist as separate artworks. On the other hand, you wear them on your body and you kind of become an artwork yourself.
Furthermore, she bridges a divide between human and animal as well. Her pieces suggest a cross image between the two, with animal forms brought into the vocabulary of human aesthetics, the result “an atemporal, supreme creature, beyond past and future.”
TL: Some of these pieces when worn seem to block off human features like the mouth chin eyes etc. is this another way of de humanizing the subject? making it easier to transcend into an animal?
AR: I would say hide, rather than block, but at the same time, the pieces stress out many of the human anatomical features, especially around the chin and cheekbones. It’s this play between different shapes and forms, and their contextualisation on the body that interests me. The possibility of re-shaping the human silhouette and exploring new forms leads me towards questioning our ideas about beauty and normality.
“an atemporal, supreme creature, beyond past and future.”
Ana Rajcevic received the London College of Fashion’s 2012 MA Design Award for ANIMAL: The Other Side of Evolution.