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Emily Cannell

MA Fashion work by Emily Cannell showing black fabric draped across a room
MA Fashion work by Emily Cannell showing black fabric draped across a room
MA Fashion work by Emily Cannell showing black fabric draped across a room

My work confronts issues facing Fashion such as temporality and commodity fetishism, by presenting an embodiment of paradoxical notions, which explore the relationship between body, space and cloth.

I drape Jersey within architectural spaces, quietly but assertively, wrapping around, exposing, protecting like skin and manifesting uncanny presences. Often the body is implied, hidden or suggested in the forms I create, mimicking shoulders, hips, a head or sometimes taking the guise of a crumbling building or a staircase.

In this way, my work inhabits the uncomfortable space between Fashion and Fine Art. I offer these elusive experiences which evade definition, a place to exist. Destabilising what we take to be the truths in our surrounding by asking us to take a longer, closer look.

Additional experience

I work as an assistant for Lee Lapthorne’s long running, renowned catwalk showcase On|Off, a platform which nurtures emerging and international Fashion Designers on the London Fashion Week schedule.

Instagram: @emilycannellartist

 

Lizzie Starling