Head of Hair

Drypoint etchings and video, 2017

The removal of hair on a female body is both personal and social. Those who personally wear their hair risk the social stigmas that inevitably shadow their public presence. With this interconnection of personal and public choices I wanted to explore the idea of body hair, how society perceives it on women's bodies, and it's confrontation with our preconditioned perceptions.

 

The animation piece presents a creature, squatting, covered in hair, slowly transforming into what we know as a "woman". Losing its hair, she achieves the perfection we're trying to accomplish by getting rid of all of our hair except on the head, making reference to Egyptian hieroglyphs, since hair removal has been done since Egyptian times. The past and present idea that to remove female body hair, removes her dirty, animalistic truth.