Svetlana Ochkovskaya

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Through the visual transformation of the human body and creating a disorientated environment in my work I am curious about things that are deemed weird or different. Explore the idea of fantastic, strange and ‘other’ I produce my own wondrous world of curiosities. Inhabited by a creature, neither human nor alien, real or imaginary, these constructed environments bend the fragile boundaries of our perceived reality. I would like to deconstruct the normative perception of the human body in familiar spaces.

By wearing the full bodysuit or cover myself with different materials, which functions as the illusion of the transformation, I am hiding the presence of my personality, I am masking the race, gender and class. Thus the transformation of my body affects my understanding of the world, my perception of myself and others. Masquerade helps to transform the visual appearance of the human body, acquiescing of the new identity and reveals the self unconstrained and fluid.