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BA (Hons) Interactive Arts

Miriam Baynes

My work is based on the folklore story of the selkie; a mythological skin-shedding creature living as both human and seal. I play with the tale’s underlying premises of restriction, femininity, dual-identity and social roles. Having been fascinated by this story from an early age, I investigated further to try and understand why. I believe the story echoes my own belief that at some time we all feel restricted within our own bodies or social standing. The concept of escapism in a double life reflects our innate craving to being temporally released from our usual confined existence. I highlight these matters by making wearable yet restrictive bodily adornments; blurring the line between humanity and the’ other’. In adorning these seal-like pieces, the wearer is granted a temporarily release from their own life, and permitted to adopt the identity of another being; certified to live within two forms at once.

Miriam Baynes

Miriam Baynes

Miriam Baynes

Miriam Baynes

Miriam Baynes

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