What meaning does hair carry for you? Hair interests me on so many levels as a material that’s heavy with cultural conceptions. It is definitely not a neutral material. Its beauty, its disgust, the cultural aspects, body ownership and ideas based around conceptions of femininity all interest me. It’s been a very intimate process, and also one of vulnerability, to work with hair. It brings me back to an earlier life when I worked with hair at the salon, and the tenderness and uncertainty of youthful femininity, coming of age, and my own body as a girl coming into to the spring of my womanhood.
How do you find working with hair as a material in comparison to glass? Where the intensity of glass forces me to be in that moment and move my body to a dance with the material in the present, working with hair allows my thoughts to wander much more. It’s a process that builds intimacy with a material that feels more soft, more tender, and that in turn shapes the compositions. I love the immediacy of glass- the excitement and heat, the smells and sounds of the studio, as well as the technical explorations, and to some extent, the material boundaries. I am also drawn to exploring to which extent I can push them and change how the material is understood. In those moments of material surprise, an initial misunderstanding or change in material perception (glass looking like plastic or nylon thread) I hope to draw the viewer in and present them with a different idea of materials than what they are used to.