THE PYJAMA PROJECT
My degree show presentation uses deconstructed pyjama pieces to signify the seeming desolation of normal life in the very strange early days of the initial Covid-19 lockdown.
The world was in tatters, with countries world wide falling into economic crises due to the escalating virus crisis. At that time as a society we were tired, we were scared, and we were anxious. We did not know what the future would hold, and indeed we still don’t know this. Sleep was one of the few things that remained constant.
The pyjama pattern pieces I had cut from midnight blue satin to execute the project I had planned pre Covid-19 (please see below) seemed, when I revisited them, too perfect, too clean. They did not reflect anything of the situation at the time.
Using white emulsion paint, a power sander and sand paper I broke down the fabric, changing each piece into another entity entirely. The evolution of the fabric from soft satin to a harder denim material echoed life moving from the usual to something that felt a lot harder...
The pieces were originally hung on the washing line out of necessity of space, but watching, photographing and filming them in this situation they became a representation of life in tatters. As a society we were all just blowing in the wind, there were no answers, and we did not know what the future would hold..
Each photograph is different yet the same, like life in lockdown. And indeed our individual experiences in this time. Some were enjoying themselves, in secure jobs, sunning themselves in their gardens. Others were struggling in the wind, being blown from pillar to post by this unexpected event.
This work has been informed by the post apocalyptic film 'Snowpiercer' by director Bong Joon-ho, the photography of Don McCullin and the Bob Dylan song 'Blowing in the Wind.
THE PRE COVID-19 DEGREE SHOW PLAN
My pre Covid-19 plan for The Pyjama Project as my degree show was as follows. I hope to complete this project in the near future.