Artist, Catherine Bagnall, focuses on the intersection of fashion and performance practices. Her recent work, ‘Animal Suits’, explores the way in which clothing can transcend and transform the wearer in ‘wilderness’ landscapes.
To visually capture and document this series of work, Catherine and I set out into the Otari bush, Wilton as well as into the forest hills above Eastbourne in Wellington, New Zealand. We carried tramping packs full of her latest creative costumes and my treasure box of camera equipment in readiness to bring to life the ‘Animal Suits’.
Modeling animal suits in the forest, the feminine figure; part-human, part-animal, became immersed in amongst the foliage. By folding the subject into the roots of the tree the creature blended with the landscape; by illuminating the fabric textures with natural forest light, I photographically documented these ‘Animal Suits coming to life’ - fleeting moments, captured, as light danced through the New Zealand forest.