The Life Dress is inspired by The Game of Life, an algorithm by John Conway that models cell life through a simple set of rules applied to squares on a grid. Whether a cell is born, survives, or dies is determined by the condition of surrounding cells. It is through the shared existence of cells, or, indeed, people, that any survive and illuminated patterns occur.
While I enjoy many different disciplines of study, a common thread that tends to manifest in my work is my fascination with naturally occurring patterns and algorithms based on nature. There is an appeal to finding a little bit of order underlying the apparent chaos of the world around us and I embrace that bit of order in a near-death-grip. It keeps me sane. And so, it is only natural that I was drawn to simple rule sets of Conway's game of life as a an expression of life cycles. It reminds us that, not only are we not alone, but we really couldn't survive if we were.