When I arrived at the RCA in 2021, I was a lingerie designer, having just graduated from BA Fashion Contour at London College of Fashion. My time at the RCA has been experimental, challenging and transformative; in my first year I found performance and text-based artwork as mediums suited to the political nature of my work: ‘The body is the ultimate site of resistance in everyday struggles for power.’ [Tyan, 2015]
At the end of 2022, I began writing fiction in order to untangle a knot around femininity and monstrosity. My writing explores the space between language and the body, and is influenced by feminist, queer and psychoanalytic theories. I am interested in the materiality and sensuality of language, and see my work as a critical commentary on the politics of desire, gender and sexuality. I have found writing to be a place where I am free, and a place where I become myself - where I am limited only by imagination. Through this practice I try to understand the relationship between myself and the world, to make a reclamation of a body that was never my own.
I would like to thank Adina Salome for her photography, and Rebecca Kirchmeier and Caroline Dubois, perfumers at International Flavors and Fragrances Inc. for their creation of a perfume, by interpreting my writing into scent. I continue postgraduate study at the University of Cambridge next year to further explore fictional writing and performance.