Hair

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I took a beginning fibers class with Carrie Seid a few years ago, and one of our assignments was to make a little crochet sampler using a nontraditional material. A girl in my class used hair (harvested from her sorority sisters’ hairbrushes), and I remember thinking that it was quite possibly the most repulsive object I’d ever seen.

I’ve been seeking resolution on my embroidery series (I wrote about this here), and I think hair is the answer, in an exploration of the tension between the beautiful/controlled/tidy and the repulsive/bodily.

Now I need more hair. But this is a weird thing to ask someone for? I suppose I need to befriend a hair salon.

Hair

A sampling of recent work

I am interested in exploring pairs of forces that counter one another, yet somehow coexist.

The Knots series examines the tension between predictability and volatility, knowing and not knowing, and the internal and external.  I’ve connected this set of ideas to R.D. Laing’s book Knots, in which the psychiatrist investigates circular patterns of thought in relationships.  Other influences to this body of work include Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, family photo albums, my experiences as a preschool art teacher, and intuitive responses to materials: string, trophies, photographs, and textiles.

Lately I’ve been manifesting these ideas in books, prints, and embroideries.

 

To eat and to be eaten,” letterpress, typewriter, thread, Polaroid, closed dimension 4.5 x 5.25 x .5″, 2012

 

An interior view of “To eat and to be eaten

 

The self that is afraid of,” letterpress, typewriter, thread, closed dimension 5 x 7 x .25″, 2012

 

An interior view of “The self that is afraid of

 

I am doing it,” letterpress flexagon, typewriter, thread, closed dimension 2 x 3.5″, 2012

 

Interior view of “I am doing it

 

Untitled in-progress embroideries, diameters ranging from 4″ to 10″

 

Detail, untitled embroidery

A sampling of recent work

One may not be aware there is a gate

 

“Before one goes through the gate / one may not be aware there is a gate”

 

“One may think there is a gate to go through / and look a long time for it / without finding it

One may find it and / it may not open”

 

“If it opens one may be through it

As one goes through it / one sees that the gate one went through was the self that went through it”

 

“no one went through a gate / there was no gate to go through

no one ever found a gate / no one ever realized there was never a gate”

 

“(Text by R.D. Laing)”

 

 

 

(I finished another little leporello today in the Knots series.  Letterpress, typewriter, photographs, thread.)

One may not be aware there is a gate

The self that is afraid of

 

“One is afraid of / the self that is afraid of”

 

“the self that is afraid of / the self that is afraid”

 

“One may perhaps speak of reflections. / (text by R.D. Laing)”

 

I made this book under the guidance of Barb Tetenbaum using text from R.D. Laing’s book Knots.  I was inspired by a slide presentation by the weaving instructor during my session, Peggy Hart.  I realized that I don’t know anything about weaving, and this made me realize that I’m unaware of my lack of knowledge about probably infinite other things.  And then I think in circles.

A lot of things became more clear to me while making this book: it’s ok to ground ideas by using someone else’s text, it’s good to play and simplify, I’m really interested in incorporating fibers into my work, and I want to make more traditional codices.  Even though this is a lepporello.

Hope you all are doing great.  xoxo

The self that is afraid of