Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci’s work is magnificent. His drawings not only reflect great artistic skill and intellectual brilliance but render a story of his engagement with his subjects: how shadow falls on a folded garment, what allows a bird to fly, what lies under the skin of the body of a man. His curiosity paves the way for more curiosity; an epic ensues. The magnificent bones he drew of a cadaver in the 15th Century are lovingly executed, not just to inform about but to marvel at; not to record the answer but to reveal more questions.
I am intrigued by how the laciness of slips is echoed in the lace-like quality of our bones and guts; interconnections both functional and beautiful. The bone images on slips were my first dresses, dyed in the dahlias from my neighbour Gordon’s garden. I am also interested how modern fashion accepts intimate apparel as outerwear. If underwear was once the secret landscape under our clothes then the skeleton is now the hidden landscape under our underwear.