Body Moulds: Series 1 (2008)

The significant element of interest emerged as I flipped the mannequin over to reveal the hidden growth occurring inside [2.36-2.38]. As if caught by surprise, the root structure within the mould followed and contoured the body. The water pooled in the lowest regions of the mould, just as the blood does in a dead body, and as a result the roots had grown more rapidly and densely in those regions. The roots had formed a dense network over and through the body, working in the same way as a network of veins and arteries in the human body would deliver blood and other cellular nutrition. The roots became the binding agent – the connective tissue in a body. The soil and seeds had become another body, another life, a reiteration, or ghost, of a life past.

-[A]Dressing Death: Fashioning Garments for the Grave

Photography by Pia Interlandi