Here I’ll share with you the methods, process of creating ‘Kinky Hair’ and also what I learned about our unique hair complexion 🙂
The Making of ‘Kinky Hair’
Made of Archival Paper, Charcoal and HB pencils, an upset girl having her hair done and undone. She’s clearly not happy with the way they’re treating her hair. I’d like the viewer to approach this work with caution and see exactly what the work makes them feel. To take a few minutes and really access what the piece makes them feel. What do you see? How do you feel? Are you uncomfortable? If so, why?
‘Kinky Hair’ Process
I was trying to achieve likeness, but it stroke me that showing sketchy lines can help express the rawness and truthfulness of her eyes. I made this with charcoal and pencils. I chose a reference on Pinterest. Then I tried to give my own expression to what I was seeing with my own eyes and viewpoints. I tried to step away from it in the middle of the creation, to see how the sketch was doing. I let the drawing marinate for a day or two and when I came back, I was impressed by the presence and the tension the girl’s eyes give you. It’s like she’s giving you a clear message. That only you and her could know.
Reconnecting With the Ancestors through Hair
I was investigating the potential of African kinky hair. The spiritual connection as well as the physical. I learned various hairstyles the ancestors used to wear before colonialism. I learned the spirituality that African hair has. I learned the biology of African hair and I learned the psychology of the perception our hair can have on our identity as an individual and a collective. With this work I learned how to distinguish real african hairstyles, that accentuate our hair and make it true to its character, from the western beauty standards rip-offs.
I believe that our kinky hair is the way we use, scientifically speaking, to scan our surroundings. Just like the ancients said that our hair is connected to god and the heavens. Our unique spirituality is connected to our hair. Find out more about the biology of African hair here.
‘Kinky Hair it’s a story about a girl and her relationship with her hair. In ancient times our hair was used as clay, or oftentimes as an antenna that had direct connection to the heavens. That led me to investigate the psychology of how black people use their hair today to survive socially. Here I represent hair as a character with a concrete relationship with its host. Like an ancestor spirit.
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