The project is grounded in a unique visual interpretation of animal anatomy, building upon existing skeleton structures to create a series of sculptural pieces that appear as natural properties of the human body, suggesting strength, power and sensuality.
Concepts of mutation and evolution are explored in order to develop a contemporary cross-image of human and animal, an atemporal, supreme creature, beyond past and future.
The goal was to fabricate a collection of 8 pieces of personal adornment that would not be specifically categorised as jewellery or accessories. The idea was to step out of the traditional jewellery/accessories context in order to develop a ‘new breed’ of precious objects that can be exhibited both separately on their own and fully attached to the human body.
The project is based on a complex and labour-intensive fabrication process to produce a series of sophisticated sculptural shapes that co-relate with the wearer’s head, face and skull. All of the objects were handcrafted creating multi-part master molds, using gelcoat, fiberglass, resin and silicone rubber.
The pieces perform a double function: they exist as fashion objects attached to the wearer, as well as separate art works, exhibited in gallery spaces. Because of this dual quality they can be considered fashion artefacts in the true sense: objects of desire, rather than just mere adornments.
Ana Rajcevic is a fashion artist and sculptor, based in London, working at the intersections of sculpture and fashion design. Specialised in synthetic polymers, metal and leather.
In 2010, she received the International MA scholarship from London College of Fashion, to work on a new project of high-end fashion artefacts – Animal: The other side of evolution.
An architecture graduate, her first sculpture exhibition Wired (2009) featured disassembled mannequins impregnated with metal strings. Her armor inspired fashion collection UNHUMAN (2009), handmade in leather, metal and rubber, envisioned a world of dark and elegant beauty. She has exhibited her Virgin dress – made of metal, thermoplastics and hair – at Dis-patch festival 2010 and Belgrade Design Week 2011.
Ana has also stepped in the areas of film, with her own co-produced fashion film Encounters, screened at Rotterdam International Film Festival (2011) and Berlin Fashion Week (2010).
Material: fiberglass, polyester resin
Photographs: Fernando Lessa
Model: Anna Tatton
Hair and make up: Sarah Frasca