In an early stage of Amber De Saeger's practice, she started to approach the notion of ‘costume’ in a conceptual manner, instead of limiting it to an applied art that only serves the bigger purpose of a theatre play.
This resulted in art installations where the costume became a metaphor to indicate different aspects of the human identity, and by extension its position in society. Along the way Amber’s body of work moved away from the comfort of her costume background, although she still incorporates techniques that refer to it.
During the lockdown, Amber created this other-wordly explorer character who, despite the quarantine limitations, still wanted to undertake adventures from within the comfort of her living room. Thus, the ‘Quarantine Quests’ were born.
Being isolated from the exterior world, this alienated researcher’s only input from the outside world appears through her computer screen. Frantically she starts deciphering this information through her limited point of view, searching for patterns and building a database of interpretations that only she can fully understand.