Hand-sewn human gray hair on black twill fabric (artist's hair)
35 x 33 x 2.25 in
From the artist: The personalization of social issues in a serial format is the structure for my art-making. The following are recently explored topics: societal impositions upon body image, transformative perspectives about women and violence, conceptuality of intimacy, and socio-cultural burdens endured by women. Social issues are viewed through a multifarious lens of mass media, social media and art history.
Hair is a proteinaceous fiber. Human hair is the well-accepted choice as a composite fiber in the field of advanced engineering materials science. It can also be a medium utilized to create artwork such as drawings. My drawings are created by hand-sewing my hair into various surfaces. I have been sewing with hair since 2000. The decision to utilize hair as a vehicle for making art is informed by socio-cultural symbolism, feminism, body image issues, and religious symbolism. Collecting and sorting my hair is a ritualistic act.
Copyright The Artist
Rosemary Meza-DesPlas, What You Whispered, Should Be Screamed, 2018