Emily Murdoch

BFA in Art & Design

New Creature: Evolved

New Creature: Evolved is a project of self-reflection through costume design. The piece reflects the idea of the evolving self and becoming a “new creature,” enhancing the human body into a projected idea of a new and improved body. My project idea was inspired by a Bible verse: “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things have become new,” (2 Corinthians 5:17). It is an exploration from the perspective of the person wearing the costume. I explored how the costume and wearing the costume creates a sense of empowerment as a result of the change and concealment of one’s identity.

Peeking around a corner

Creeping around in the dark

Mask close-up; made from paper maché then spray painted chrome silver with paint markers as the detail for the eyes and finally fur sewn onto it.

Exploring from the outside world to the inside of a building

In a dream state

Resting in nature

Walking in the costume seen from the backside.

The costume laying down

Front-facing photo of the costume

Urban setting