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Bad Hair
       
     
Bad Hair
       
     
Bad Hair
       
     
Bone Straight
       
     
Bone Straight
       
     
Bone Straight
       
     
Armoire
       
     
Armoire
       
     
Armoire
       
     
Armoire
       
     
Air
       
     
Air
       
     
Air
       
     
Island Girl
       
     
Island Girl
       
     
Island Girl
       
     
Afrocentric
       
     
Afrocentric

Afro Centric is a celebration of artistry in Black hair culture. It symbolizes the physical transformation of the outward appearance in order to make a statement. This statement moves beyond natural physical attributes and traditional “rules” about hairstyle and texture and often conveys political attitudes within micro-social structures.

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Afrocentric

Media: Synthetic hair, handmade paper made of recycled paper and human hair, thread, linen cord, unknown commercial paper.

Structure: Circular Coptic binding

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Afrocentric
Bad Hair
       
     
Bad Hair

Bad Hair addresses the issue of what is acceptable regarding hairstyle and texture. It is based on early struggles that many women of African descent underwent in order to gain acceptance of their natural (i.e. non-chemically altered) hair in the workplace.

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Bad Hair

Though most of the women’s styles were based on a fusion of traditional western and African hairstyles (ex. A braided bob style), the styles were considered unacceptable for work. In many cases, the women were either asked to change their hairstyle or were fired. Bad Hair features text from editorials and quotes relating to those who brought suit for being terminated by their employers.

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Bad Hair

Size: 7” W x 10” x 1.5” 14” x 7” (open)

Media: Paper, canvas, graphite

Structure: Altered book with flag book insert

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Bone Straight
       
     
Bone Straight

At a very young age, many Black women in particular receive messages that their hair in its natural state falls outside the accepted standard of beauty. Though natural hair is currently accepted in broader circles, and straight hair is just another option, the underlying message often remains that natural hair is unacceptable.

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Bone Straight

This book features excerpts of conversations with women about their hair straightening experiences including some of my own. The book is constructed of commercial papers, digital and letterpress type, synthetic hair, wood and a hot comb.

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Bone Straight

Size: 11” H x 14”x1” 5”x 7”

Media: Paper, wood, synthetic hair, hot comb

Structure: Carved wooden tablet with synthetic hair and hot comb inclusion; Accordion book

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Armoire
       
     
Armoire

Many pre-20th century homes lacked built in closets and furniture, such as armoires and dressers and cabinets were used to store clothing. Closets, by their very nature are memory keepers – even in the sparest environment they reveal something about the owner, and in cases where generations of owners have used them, closets can function as historical records. [cont.]

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Armoire

As a child, the opportunity to peek into my grandmother’s armoire was exhilarating – her armoire, like all closets seemed intensely personal and off limits. A look was usually accompanied by a story that brought to life persons unknown but not forgotten. Years later, my grandmother long gone, the armoire remains a repository of memory, culture, history, and tradition.

Armoire
       
     
Armoire

Size: 11”H x 9.5”  x 2.75" (closed); 11” x 9.5” x 7.5” (open)

Media: Mahogany, metal, fabric (cotton), commercial papers (cotton rag), thread, batting, graphite

Structure: Wooden box containing 2 mounted photos, 2 accordian books, and 1 scroll book

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Armoire
Air
       
     
Air

Air considers intelligence (thought) and memory (identity). The text weaves three "stories" -- the background (large text) features the idea of creating the book Air. The background "idea" coalesces in the center of the book and takes flight in the tulle "cloud."

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Air

The idea goes from background (graphite) to foreground (thread). The second story is about air as breath and wind. This story winds itself around the other two throughout the book. The third story is a series of vignettes featuring more concrete memories (freedom, wind, breath, flight) and are represented by the text “patches”.

Air
       
     
Air

Size: 10” W x 9.5” x 1.5” (closed); 21.5” x 9.5” x 1.5 (open)

Media: Silk (organza, net, organza satin), cotton (mull), thread (metal, cotton), graphite, inkjet, gouache, incense, button, tulle

Island Girl
       
     
Island Girl

I am interested in personal stories as they are often singular and universal.  Island Girl re-tells a story of longing, rejection, acceptance and pride that my mother, who grew up on the False River in Louisiana, often told us.

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Island Girl

Island Girls consists of cotton, digital prints and type, buttons and thread.

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Island Girl

Size: 11” H x 15”

Media: Recycled cotton cloth, button, thread

Structure: Dress with pamphlet bound cloth pages inserted into skirt

Edition: 4