The Church and The Museum — a moving study on still life.  

 

Because in designing a real room for someone you try to make it theatrical, but when making a room for theatre you try to make it ‘normal’ 

 

The above text is a quote saved in Notes on my phone from an interview with designer Alessandro Mendini in issue #19 of Aparatamento.  I found the tension between his two design approaches something to consider and be played with: an idea to extend on. To bring this concept to life, I asked friend and collaborator Ophelia Mikkelson to create a still life set up in her studio using WORN Store’s hero textures: straw, wood, ceramic, silk. I then asked one of my favourite women Greta van der Star to film Ophelia as she dismantled her initial still life set up to slowly created a new one.  This film begins to explore possible answers to the questions: Where do the moments of ‘theatre’ exist within our homes? How does theatre (or film) create a lived-in domestic setting? 

 

 

In honor of WORN store’s dedication to making objects that are both personal and masterful, I thought the way Mendini ended his quote was also fitting to this project; “You’ve got to have an area in your house that looks like a church and a part of your house that looks like a museum. 

Watch the film by Greta van der Star, here

Artist: Ophelia Mikkelson.

Images by Yasmine Ganley.

Film by Greta van der Star.

 

You may follow the artist and photographer on instgram

@opheliaafm

@gretavanderstar

 


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