Building a Nest for Womanhood, 2013
My final response to my body hair section, creating using body hair of all kinds, synthetic flowers, rose petals, a razor and objects from my past and possible future. Here I have used two weeks worth of body hair from the women of my family, pulled from hairbrushes and razors alike, to create a nest of womanhood. For me, I see hair as a very large symbol of age; from being born mine has been watched growing (first curls cut and kept safe), it has been plaited with multicoloured bobbles by my mothers delight and dyed with multicolours dyes to my mothers despair. i have been taught that being a woman means growing hair in places it never grew before, but it also means carefully removing every last one.
I have come to expect that unless I keep myself prim and proper, shaved and shiny, that I will not get a kiss, never mind a wedding ring or a baby or a family home. And when I’m old, I will consider my beauty lost as each strand falls out of place, along with my teeth (just like they did when I was ten). Hair stands as a symbol for how much we have grown, our own personal styles, our own preferences and often an indication for whether you’re spending time with and showing guarded areas to the right people. Here I have created my own birds mothering nest family home out my mothers, my sisters, my grans and my own hair, filling it with objects symbolising the importance of body hair; a wedding ring, a babies bangle, a newborn hospital bracelet, fallen teeth and my own razor. Building a nest ready for womanhood, strand by strand.