Spring 2013

Leanie van der Vyver


Last Thursday I had a group critique with some people from my BFA Seminar class. The group was diverse, a painting major, two photography majors, a graphic design major and myself. It was extremely refreshing to get feedback from people outside of the ceramics department. I don’t understand why undergrads dont have mandatory interdisciplinary critiques. Fresh eyes, fresh opinions. Plus, they liked my things. So that’s always a nice ego boost. But I digres…

When I began to talk about my plans for  making a laser cut porcelain dress I saw some eyes widen. What was brought to my attention by the group was the possibility to incorporate performance into the piece, be it photography or video. Photo documentation has always been on my list of future things to do once I’ve completed my project but the idea of video documented performance was really intriguing. With a piece that will be so fragile I definitely think it would be an asset to explore the possibilities of video to demonstrate the movement of the dress.

This lead me to a video I saw several months ago now on a pair of shoes designed Leanie van der Vyer and fabricated by Rene van den Berg, titled Scary Beautiful. As objects the shoes are visually striking but it is not until you see them demonstrated by the model that they truly come to life.

“Humans are playing God by physically and metaphorically perfecting themselves. Beauty is currently at an all time climax, allowing this project to explore what lies beyond perfection. Scary Beautiful challenges current beauty ideals by inflicting an unexpected new beauty standard.” [via Leanie]

One comment on “Leanie van der Vyver

  1. danielsangiacomo
    March 20, 2013

    Omg did you get this from shanon? I gave it to her from this tech blog I follow. I live it when ideas travel.

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