Wax Hair Color Is It! – Theda Sandiford
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Mixed Media Fiber
1 Inches x 100 Feet x 0 Inches
People often touch my hair without asking first, which makes me feel like a merchandise on display. The weight of these interactions underpins very real consequences… stress, frustration, self-doubt and ultimately feelings of powerlessness.
Using racial injustice as a starting point, I juxtapose various fibers with a variety of found materials using free form weaving, coiling, knotting, wrapping and jewelry making techniques. Meticulously collected recycled materials, transformed by their collective memory become “social fabric” weaving together contemporary issues and personal narratives.
Extensions of rope and net, impeccably wrapped, woven, tied and embellished with recycled beads, zip ties, ribbon, lace, tape and bottle cap bobbles lure you into a hue-imbued, installations symbolizing natural hair and body armor. These bold whimsical sculptures gingerly invite the audience into off the-wall conversations about microaggressions, stereotypes and implicit bias.
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