I was assigned to go to the Natural History Museum of San Diego by my internship to sketch African Headdresses. Instead, I stumbled upon an exhibit full of animal skulls and decayed bones (or atleast, very realistic, fake, decayed bones). Though clearly moldings, these skulls reminded me of my trip to the Catacombs of Paris back in the Summer of 2010. I felt similar feelings of discomfort. I felt very uneasy. I felt out of place, yet I still felt very eager. There is definitely something very beautiful about the concept of decomposition, as well as the actual residues of life & death presented in physical form.
Following the museum trip, I quickly finished up a few sketches of the skeletons, my interpretations of the bones, and faces that I imagined the skulls to be wearing. One section in particular that I enjoyed was the dinosaur displays that only consisted of its skeleton and a modestly covered stomach. The anatomy, directions, and angles of its bones, as well as, the museums decision to concurrently display the dinosaur in both forms of life & death inspired me to create a swimsuit collection (in terms of structure) that emulates that same feeling of division, and connection that, I feel, bones create. As you can see by the prints, I was also very inspired by the colors and textures of dinosaur skin.