i is we

Felissa King's avatar Felissa King

Through preservation, organization, and display of human hair, I hope to sustain a trace of human memory. Some of the hair I use is given to me by specific friends; most is collected from salons, and the identity of the person remains anonymous. However, each strand of hair is literally and figuratively imprinted with the identity of the individual, as well as with a host of memories, experiences, and environments. In altering hair from its normative role, I'm engaging the possibility of transformation. Whenever we encounter another person, we are given the unique opportunity to shape them; it could be said that we are the accumulation of not only our experiences, but of the people we have encountered who have formed us. In creating a sea of faces, each molded and pressed into the shape of my own face, this specific work engages the paradox of individual identity within a larger context in which human similarities have potential to tie individuals into a larger, cohesive whole.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 4"
  • Medium: Hair, hairspray, sewing pins
  • Width: 18'
  • Year created: 2016
  • Height: 4.5'