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Name: Adam Castle
School: Acland Burghley School
Year: Year 13
Inspiration: My work investigates the ideas of queer theory and questions society’s traditional ideas of gender and sexuality. Inspired by the work of artists such as Cindy Sherman and Leigh Bowery, I enjoy using performative elements in my work, from live and physical pieces in front of an audience, to perfomative photography using costume. I am interested in how the objects which we surround ourselves with, the clothes we wear and our day to day actions contribute to how we are percieved, our sense of identity and how these identities can be subverted.
Title: The Wedding, Part 1
Description: In this project looking at my parents’ wedding I was exploring the extent of the significance of the institution of marriage and its implications in modern society. I focused on the clothes worn by my parents and the importance and associations that these items have. Out of context of the wedding and documented individually in this clinical style, the garments become void of their previous romantic significance. The ritual of marriage is broken down into its bare, individual parts. It becomes a catalogue of items isolated from their associations with gender and tradition. This work examines artefacts and memories of a significant personal event whilst at the same time questioning the integrity of the institution of marriage as a whole.
Width: 54 Height: 63
Keywords: Keywords: wedding, marriage, gender, tradition, ritual, memory