Exploring and analysing thought systems and memories sounds almost exactly like therapy. To what extent can creating (and consuming) art provide catharsis and why? I think many problems come from conflicting belief systems, ideology, organized religion, and sectarianism. I believe that if people saw reality as it is, without their prejudices from the past, many man-made conflicts would have never occurred. I have found that many meditation practices offer powerful methods for transforming reactive social emotions like anger, attachment and suffering into the healing elixirs of love, compassion, and peace.
In my video, I metaphorically try to cleanse the accumulated sediment of memories, not just my personal memories, but social memories, through immersion in the physicality of the present. Also, the delicate qualities of hair sculpture, invite people to pay attention to the present moment, and heighten their awareness to the subtleties of the site. Art can be like a threshold that can be crossed toward healing, sometimes a person will enter, and sometimes not. The artist can’t control a viewer’s personal experience, but we can offer a way forward towards healing.
Your hair sculptures are incredibly intricate works. What is your process of weaving and knotting with hair, and what tools do you use? For most of the wearable hair sculptures (ex: The Robe, The Left Foot, and The Glove), I start with one knot, then make the next, and so on, like hand knitting a fishing net. I don’t use any tools, just my hands. For some other hair sculptures (ex: Form and Emptiness series, The Skull and The Membrane), I create homemade looms, and weave the hair together into a mesh. It is a simple hand weaving technique, the traditional warp and weft structure.