ON the eve of London Fashion Week, I was invited to a preview of "Dancing With Dreams", a collaborative art project between Claire Barrow and Galeria Melissa. Galeria Melissa in Covent Garden is the home to ethical footwear brand Melissa and the gallery space has hosted past collaborations with designers such as Zaha Hadid, Jeremy Scott & Vivienne Westwood.
Claire who often touches on the subject of identity in her artwork, has created 5 life-like sculptures made from clay and acrylic. Projections of dancers and actors, move around and interact with the sculptures bringing them to life. The projections feature dancer Harry Alexander, LGBT activist Michael Peacock, actress Sameena Jabeen and performance artist Amy Kingsmill, all wearing costumes and shoes designed by Claire and Melissa. The costumes and sculptures feature Claire's signature child-like illustrations and have been made from found or recyclable materials to fit with the Melissa brand ethos.
In the exhibition, Claire wanted to address the ideas society puts upon people, exploring ideas such as stereotyping and social prejudices. The installation makes the audience come up with their own assumptions about the people in the projections and certainly is thought provoking. The interesting mix of traditional and digital mediums add to the dream-like atmosphere and it's great glimpse in Claire's imagination and creative mind. L
The art exhibition runs until 15th May and is free for visitors. More information can be found here.