Hair has always fascinated me, even as a child I enjoyed the collective effort it took to tame my curls and plait my hair. Upon exploring it as a medium for art-making, I realized the complicated and multi-faceted semiotics and gravity hair can hold. All the way back through time, hair has been used for rituals and magic, for mourning loved ones lost to us, for communication and expression of identities. 

The relationship I want to explore is that of a little time capsule, a little genetic nest, a space for these thrown-away and discarded mementos to safely be remembered. 

The hair baskets I have created and documented are made out of the the hair of my known friends and family. These little baskets act as a place to hold memory, a deconstructed reliquary for those I care for. These baskets are my way of remembering others regardless of their proximity to myself, regardless of their existence outside of myself. These delicate little baskets are representitive of the fragile nature of memory and intimate relationships.

There is an implied trust that I will take care of their genetic material and respect it, and I do.

Hair Baskets

Hair Baskets

Human Hair & Horse Hair 2012

Hair Basket (Megan)

Hair Basket (Megan)

Human Hair & Horse Hair 2012

Hair Basket (Alyssa)

Hair Basket (Alyssa)

Human Hair & Horse Hair 2012

Hair Basket (Jessie)

Hair Basket (Jessie)

Human Hair & Horse Hair 2012

Hair Baskets

Hair Baskets

Human Hair & Horse Hair 2012

Hair Basket (Michelle)

Hair Basket (Michelle)

Human Hair & Horse Hair 2012