Outer-Shell Project (Skin Ties & Bow-Ties):
Our skin is our body’s largest organ. Fragile and delicate, it houses internal organs and workings within its borders. It shelters, encapsulates and protects. Its nature as ‘first-seen’ lends to the integral role it plays in the perception of identity. In her recent project Outer-Shell, she explores photographic images as prints of skin collected from different ethnic, racial and social spaces, and fashioned into outer garments and accessories. Investigating the origin and relationships between pieces of apparel, she illuminates ideas of cohabitation, segregation, isolation, dominance and submission. Attempting to string together the diverse social and cultural spaces around her yet highlighting the intricacy of identity interpretations, and social labelling.
The sculptures and installations she creates, take on new imagined forms and become a mirror that the viewer can peer into. The garments are then forced into square shaped generic shadow-boxes, as non-specific as an empty canvas or the ‘white cube’. These retail store sold frames, mass-produced and made with “faux” wood become a representation of societal molds of conformity, as if pre-determined, anticipated and attainable. One merely becomes simply by checking the boxes. By framing the objects in intentionally captured movements, Modum restricts the viewers from physically interacting with the pieces, giving them a single perspective to these 3-dimensional forms: limited visibility. She also preserves this view and presents it as the only story. Encasing them, in an untarnished sea of whiteness, focuses the viewer’s gaze to really ‘see’ and be immersed in them.
Camouflage 1 (2014-)
Camouflage 2. (2014-)
Camouflage 3 (2014-)