Eleanor Dunk

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The Transient Identity

Everyday life is hard, we all have to do things we don’t want to do. We experience anger, guilt and fear as a result of things that are beyond our control. If you could find a hideaway you could go there to be safe. You could avoid the constant barrage of advertisements, the reminders of inequality, and the news reports of wars you helped to pay for. But there is nowhere left. In times as stressful as these, do holidays still cut it, or do we need a more complete form of escape? What if you could temporarily transcend your own reality?

My work explores identity and how it can be used as a tool for escape. I am interested in how the use of objects can be altered to create fantastical scenarios, in which the user temporarily becomes a different person.

I aim to subvert the everyday, mundane use of objects to facilitate a change of identity. When engaging with the objects the user breaks out of their normal routine. They are forced to swap identity for one moment, and become an action hero, a film noir star, or a kung-fu fighter.