It is impossible to reconcile sculpture without human existence and experience.
As a utilitarian ritual, the act of getting dressed protects us from the outdoors, allows us a chance for expression, and conceals our nether regions. But when utility and functionality give way to elaborate artistic impulses, new concepts are explored. Here, photographer Lissette Emma and stylist Shayna Arnold create a world in which, as Emma tells Document, “The subject is secondary to the garments, with an emphasis on creating sculptures with different shapes and textures.” And yet, it is impossible to reconcile sculpture without human existence and experience. Thus, Emma and Arnold are exploring a paradox operating on a much deeper phenomenological level: clothing and sculpture are inseparable from humanity, reminding us of the body and self—even, and maybe especially, in their absence.
Model Aamito Lagum at Heroes. Set Design Kate Atkinson. Production Jean Jarvis at Area 1202 Productions.