Metamorphosis of the Self
MA.Fashion Artefact final Collection
Metamorphosis of the Self is the result of a personal journey during the development of my MA: Fashion Artefact. It is the reencounter between my roots as a leather bags maker, my previous studies in art and design, my deep interests in materiality and new perspectives around the human morphologies. Metamorphosis of the Self is a collection of six pieces, artefacts or sculptures that show the evolution of the maker during the creation process. The relationship between wood and leather is used as a medium to express aesthetic and conceptual elements such as dynamism, change, movement, biomorphic shapes, organic, deconstruction, and fragmentation; all of these combined form the central concept of metamorphosis. The Project intends to answer a self-question of how to create a project that could be able to navigate between different fields and be part of various scenarios such as Art, Design, and Fashion.
Born and raised in Bogotá - Colombia (1989), Gabriel divides his practice between leather goods manufacturing, his family's traditional craft, and his work as an artist. Having concluded his curriculum of MA Fashion Artefact at London College of Fashion, with previous BA Art and BA Design from Universidad de los Andes. Based in London, he has reencountered his roots reaffirming his interest in traditional crafts, materiality and sculpture, getting particular attention for the human and organic morphologies.
His process can be divided into two main sections: first, an exploration and search around the concept of self-identity and the creation of a self-image. Second, a comprehension of the human body based on the relation between its internal and external structures and forms as a medium to question the traditional notion of body and its limits. These sections respond to a constant dialogue into his work about construction and deconstruction of the self, and its conception as a matter in constant change.
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Photography by John Mcgrath