Claire Peng’s collection SIMULACRA explores notions of normal dress through the works of photographers Hans Eijkelboom and Martin Parr. Noting the unconscious commonalities in what ordinary people wear, and how hung garments can look like real people, the collection plays with the idea of simulation and the ‘wearing’ of another person.
In a nod to André Breton’s assemblage method, Claire acquired found objects and mundane, mass-produced garments from flea markets, and draped them in provocative configurations to create the appearance of human wearing human. Claire also casted her body parts in resin to create jewellery. She became interested in re-creating the appearance of the moulding process in the final frame skirt look.
The resulting collection plays with strange proportions, displaced details, and combining bodies to create a sense of uncanny.