Why does female hair evoke both desire and disgust?
The controversy sparked from this incident and the anger that I felt along with it, was the starting point for my work.
I’m used to being told by society that I must regulate my body to fit the norm as a female.
However, that doesn’t mean I’m okay with it.
My work explores ideas of gender roles and definitions and expectations of beauty.
I created the work using digital media in both photography and video with influences from many female artists such Petra Collins, Lin Tianmiao, Deborah Pauwee and Cigdem Aydemir. I have also chosen to appropriate two iconic works, Frida Kahlo’s Self-Portrait with Cropped Hair and Marina Abramovic and Ulay’s, Relation in Time (these are other photos in the work, altogether there is a collection of 5)
The idea of hair on women has both negative and sexual connotations. It is known to suggest pleasure and desire, two things that a woman in our generation are supposed to be stripped of.
Personally, I feel that the removal of hair in women is a form of oppression. It is an attempt to flatten women and make ideas and images of women two dimensional and child-like so that we become an object groomed for male expectations.
It is through my photographs that I hope to encourage and inspire a sense of anger and spark a source of change in how women, especially teenage girls, view themselves and their body.
The removal and growing of one’s hair should be OUR choice.