Bang Extension #3, 2018
This piece from my collection of wigs and leather body suits entitled, “Animal-Plant” explores the complicated experience of living trapped within a misdiagnosed, mistreated and misunderstood body. An experience often forces one to redefine their relationship with their internal and external environment.
I utilize natural and animal materials within my work to highlight the theme of healing and awareness. These materials are self-sustaining and bodily by nature. Additionally, I reference formal elements from the natural materials I use such as, plant structures and growth patterns. I believe that humans are separated from their environment in the same way that they are separated from their bodies. The use of material and form is aimed at communicating the importance of the relationship with our natural environment as a mirror for our relationship with our biological environment (the body). I wish to bring a focus to the complexity of the natural world paralleled with the complexity within body by the marrying of natural materials with my explorations of sickness and healing. Through my work I strive to impart some kind of value in the way we treat ourselves as well as our environment as an intrinsic part of holistic living, essential to the health of the body and the environment. : @colbymills