suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
gwen van den EIJNDE: The performances Wystepy and Maskarada were presented in the fall of 2010 in Warsaw, in the frame of my residency at the Center for Contemporary Art Castle Ujazdowski. I designed a set of new outfits during the residency that were influenced by sarmatism and by polish folklore. The costumes are made to transform the body into a kind of sculpture, and they were realized by combining sometimes surprising materials, such as paper, dead leaves, Christmas decorations, napkins.
Once they are made the costumes produce scenery that engages the viewer in a piece of extraordinary fiction. The performance Maskarada for example, was presented in the Palace of Culture and Science, making use of its bold interior spaces as the setting and dramatic background of the performance.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
gvdE: It is mix of many references and influences. The architecture of the Palace of Culture and Science building played an important part while designing the costumes, because the ouftits had to “fit” in this ecclectic and overscaled space.
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
gvdE: Peter Greenaway’s movie Prospero’s Books.
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
gvdE: I’m discovering the work of the Dutch architect Michel de Klerk (1884-1923) with a lot of enthusiasm. The buildings he designed in Amsterdam in the 1910’s, such as Het Schip are truly amazing sculptural works. Of course I enjoy the work of many contemporary artists and designers as well, but by looking attentively at past forms you can make best design for today.