Victorian dress, tree roots, Xhosa beads, chicken feathers, war medals, tribal spear, binoculars, Dutch clogs, map book
2014 – ongoing
The Return is a story that follows Burchell’s fictional character called Nelly as she embarks on an expedition through imagined, liminal, and often desolate spaces. Crowned by roots and laden with a cross-cultural costume, her apparel explores the multicultural uniqueness of South African heritage. Her search is for a transcultural sense of belonging; a culture that is inclusive of all cultures but still honors the uniqueness of the parts that constitute it. As the outside world influences her internal one, elements arise and dissipate around her.