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Winner of the Royal Academy Bachelor Department Award: Textile & Fashion and the Royal Academy Bachelor Award

Rachael Cheong (SG)

Royal Academy Bachelor Department Award: Textile & Fashion and the Royal Academy Bachelor Award

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Project

WE KNOW WHAT YOU ARE HIDING

The collection 'WE KNOW WHAT YOU ARE HIDING' is about the hiding of your deepest darkest secrets through the eyes of a porcelain doll. The body of a doll is seen as a surrogate body in which we project ourselves onto. She sits in your room, she knows the things you mutter in your sleep, your fears and insecurities-but she cannot and will not say anything. Even though the collection itself may come across as deceptively colourful with familiar patterns and materials used for interior space coverings- hiding, in a wider context- there is nothing you can hide from the eyes that know it all.

Thesis

The Body as a Medium for Hiding

The thesis is an extension of my graduation collection where I explore the body as a medium for hiding. It is split into 3 chapters: physical hiding, psychological hiding and digital hiding. Physical hiding explores the history of hiding objects on the body with special modified garments; an act known as smuggling today. It also explores a more metaphysical aspect of physical hiding with identity and the performance of it. Psychological hiding goes more in depth with the doll (which includes automata, marionettes and artificial intelligence) and our obsession with making objects in our imagination. Lastly, digital hiding, which is a more modern phenomenon, serves to answer the question: What do we have to hide today? This chapter is about hiding when the body is not present. I reflect on the use and implications of social media platforms as well as the Darknet for hiding.