a/Artist event on Neurodivergence in the Arts

Monsters under the Bed and Cocoon

On celebrating otherness with designer Clemens Tomlow and performer Leyla de Muynck

15 Apr 2024

All over the world stories of scary monsters are used as precautionary tales for children. And yet many fairytales teach us that what society deems monstrous is often more misunderstood than evil. Stories like Beauty and the Beast and the Hunchback of Notre Dame show that our personal journey starts when we step beyond our fear of being misunderstood.

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Franka - Clemens Tomlow - Clemens Tomlow

Clemens interest in this subject started with his personal journey into self expression. He realized that what held him back was the fear of standing out. He often felt like someones version of a monster: weird, odd and misunderstood.

Embarking on that personal quest himself, Clemens Tomlow found that there is power in celebrating otherness.

His costumes draw inspiration from childhood monsters that embrace different stages of the weird and odd: from anxiously hiding for bullies to a proud and happy beast. The collection seeks to bring out the inner child in all of us, to open our minds and question our fears.

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Ever - Clemens Tomlow - Clemens Tomlow

 

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Leyla de Muynck - portrait - Still from drama girl

Leyla creates visual work using her body as an instrument. This can take many different forms, such as film, sculptures, and performance, with the use of herself being central. Leyla plays with authenticity in her performances,. She creates a new world but will never pretend within that world. Dreams and the subconscious are a big inspiration and driving force.

A cocoon, a delicate lattice of thin threads that slowly comes to life. From within, the lattice transforms into a shape that slowly metamorphoses into…? Yes, into what? COCOON is an artwork, a performance, a work in transformation and as a theme part of a larger work. The caterpillar dies and becomes a butterfly. In COCOON, Leyla explores her fascination and relationship with death.

About the artists

Clemens Tomlow is an alumni from Design Academy Eindhoven. Interested in the world of textiles and storytelling, he mainly works as an artist / costume designer but sees himself as an interdisciplinary maker. His costumes draw inspiration from childhood monsters that embrace different stages of the weird and odd: from anxiously hiding for bullies to a proud and happy beast. The collection seeks to bring out the inner child in all of us, to open our minds and question our fears.

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Leyla de Muynck -

Leyla de Muynck is a performance artist that combines fabrics and crochet with her background in contemporary dance. Her work COCOON is a poetic approach to a reoccurring theme within her work, death. The cocoon she crochetted stands for transformation. The catapillar dies and disintegrates to make room for something else, for something new. 

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Leyla de Muynck - Cocoon -

Dreams and the subconscious are significant in Leyla's work.  "It is the closest thing we experience, as the living, to the dark void of endless possibities that is death.  When I am dreaming, I feel I can connect to dead people I care about because we are both in a bodyless state. Losing someone close to you can make you grow up quickly and have to transform yourself."

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Leyla de Muynck - Cocoon -

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Leyla de Muynck - Cocoon -

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a/Artist Meeting: Monsters Under the Bed and Cocoon
Monday 15th of April 
17:30 - 20:30 
Tickets (with vegan meal)