Dress made from Human Hair
Cut hair has
fetish connotations and such potency. It is the subject of fairy tales
and myths. A lock of hair can be a token of love, having hair cut
or shaved also relates to strength or to punishment in some cultures.
It is very tactile but can be repellant. Whose hair is it? Who does
does it belong to now it has been swept up from the salon floor? Would
they mind it being used in an art work?
I made this
piece two years ago after musing with an ex-student of mine who was
working for Toni and Guy's, about the fate of discarded hair. I collected
a plastic bag of hair each week, over a period of about 6 months.
When the bag was opened it smelt damp and of conditioner. It was fun
finding the seams of long blond hair, such a potent symbol. Is this
still regarded as a very desirable asset in our culture? Reactions
to the dress are very mixed some people regard it with horror when
they realise the hair is human, some want to stroke it. Many men previously
full of bravado are rather unsettled by the piece.