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Hair Jewel #2
Hair Jewel #2
by Spencer Merolla

2014

Size: 4 x 4 Inches

Material: Human hair, acrylic, paper, silk ribbon on MDF

$450

Description

"This series takes the Victorian women's practice of sentimental hairwork as its jumping-off point. For the Victorians, mourning was a very public act. Rather than a private emotion or an embarrassment, grief was a popular motif for the arts and fashion. What strikes modern sensibilities as mawkish and overly sentimental behavior was, at the time, considered proof of a person's sincerity and morality. Ornamental hairwork, painstakingly crafted from the hair of loved ones, was a fashion that insisted the wearer embodied these virtues.

That the hair must be severed from the body to be worked in this fashion is a compelling aspect of the practice for me. It loses its essential quality of referring to a specific person, while still being a distinctively “personal” object. In a sense, the story of hairwork is a testament not of our capacity to remember our lost loved ones, but of our ultimate inability to hold onto them." - Spencer Merolla

More Art by Spencer Merolla

Drawings in 3D

Private Commissions

Japanese Minerals


Natale Adgnot
About Natale Adgnot
Natale has a background in fashion design and graphic design and brings a mixed media eye to her work. Her series Drawings in 3D and Minerals both play with repetition, form, shape and have a sculptural point of view. She has a fascination for science and patterns and has traveled across the world living in the US, France and Japan. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

View her CV here.
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