1317 c


1317 Charbonnet St.

Human hair, mixed media
19" x 23" x 3.5"

Mourning Portrait, is a series of memorials to the communities of New Orleans that were devastated by the federal levee breeches which accompanied Hurricane Katrina. These commemorative objects are made from human hair extensions of the type commonly used by African-American women that I found on the curb beside the flooded St. Claude Beauty Supply Shop. The portraits draw on the nineteenth-century tradition of hairwork, in which family members or artisans would fashion the hair of the deceased into intricate jewelry and other objects as symbols of death and rebirth and remembrance

Featured in November/December issue of Fiberarts Magazine
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