I’m in this pretty amazing class this semester where we get to hear from different artists each week. The artist who presented tonight mentioned Melanie Bilenker as an influence and showed a piece of her work. Work that, I should point out, was made with hair. I couldn’t wait to get home and google her!
In the artist’s own words:
The Victorians kept lockets of hair and miniature portraits painted with ground hair and pigment to secure the memory of a lost love. In much the same way, I secure my memories through photographic images rendered in lines of my own hair, the physical remnants. I do not reproduce events, but quiet minutes, the mundane, the domestic, the ordinary moments.