Massey University, New Zealand

Kimberley Franklin

I am Human

The body is the mode in which we live in this world. Although as a young woman, Kimberley’s existence in her body is challenged. Due to over-arching systems of patriarchy, her collection ‘I am Human’ embodies the tension and constriction that comes with this ‘feminine bodily experience’, in a survivalist manner. The idea that she should live for the gaze of society, evokes a feeling of a decorative existence. Kimberley is constantly reminded, not of the capability and strength her body could endure, but how she should present her body, and the unending dissatisfaction of its presentation. Strong work-wear designs are mixed with delicate embroidered cottons, with soft colouring; becoming an extended flesh of layering that protects and hides the entire body. Elastic bands, white and black strappings contain and constrain the body. Accessorised hanging pocket pieces use gravity to distort the body to offer functional alternatives. ‘I am Human’ is an army. Irritable, yet a little naïve. Strong yet delicate.