Imogen Evans’s graduate collection was influenced by society’s obsession with physical self improvement. She asks the question: “to what extent would you modify your body?"
Evans started the project by cutting up images of the body and rearranging them to create deformed, reconstructed figures. She then did the same with clothing - taking standard elements (collars, sleeves, cuffs, etc) and putting them somewhere new.
Sarah Lucas’s fleshy sculptures influenced Evans’s concept. She also saw parallels between Lucas’s folded forms and the gathers and layers often seen in Molly Goddard’s work.
The most time consuming pieces in the collection were the hand embroidered masks. Each mask took over 7 hours to weave and embroider. Evans wanted to create masks for each model to symbolise the irrelevance of who is behind the mask no matter their gender or race.