Bound but Free, Look 02
Shown at Omaha Fashion Week, August, 2021
Model: LaRaysha Brown
Beauty: Models and OFW Beauty Alliance
Photo: Kathy Rae Photography
Works in this series exude energy and a sophisticated disarray, exemplifying an unhindered creative process tempered with artistic knowledge and experience. This effect is achieved by devices such as marked contrast of scale, texture, color and value. Smooth and textured areas play off of each other as do simple and complex areas. Labor intensive techniques combine with spontaneous and expressive elements. A sense of energy and movement dominates as models move down the runway in these works, even while knotting and binding will be evident in each piece.
Conceptually, this line grows from my interest in the spiritual nature of life and my lifelong search for freedom within the restraints of corporeal existence, by which we are all bound. The tightly worked areas will visually bind and contain the figure, while freedom of movement by the models walking the runway show triumph over bondage.