Sonya Clark: The Hair Craft Project

February 14 – March 8, 2014

FEBRUARY 14- MARCH 8, 2014
People's Choice Award: Vote for your favorite artworks and hairstyles

Gallery talk with Bill Gaskins and juror A'Lelia Bundles

Gallery talk with Henry Drewal, Ruti Talmor, and juror Lowery Stokes Sims

Led by artist Sonya Clark, The Hair Craft Project is based on the premise that hairdressing is the primordial textile art form—hairdressing is the earliest manipulation of fiber toward an aesthetic and functional purpose.  Artists from VCU’s Craft and Material Studies program will prepare canvases each hand stitched with threads to simulate hair growth.  Local hairstylists will each be given a stitched canvas and the opportunity to braid them as skillfully as possible. Photographs of stylists' hairdos created for the project will be shown in conjunction with the canvases. The project aims to break down barriers by crossing boundaries between hair salons and art galleries as sites of aesthetics, craft, skill, improvisation, and commerce.

The featured stylists include Kamala Bhagat, Dionne James Eggleston, Marsha Johnson, Chaunda King, Anita Hill Moses, Nasirah Muhammad, Jameika Pollard, Ingrid Riley, Ife Robinson, Natasha Superville, and Jamilah Williams.


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photo credit: Naoko Wowsugi and Diego Valdez