portfolio > 2011

Collection has been an integral component of my artistic practice since 2002. First it was cigarette lighters collected on daily waterline walks in Long Beach, California. Upon moving to Idaho, I began saving small hair samples from my comb in the shower. I was intrigued by the ambiguous nature of the rolled hair. It evoked nests, nerves, clouds.

As I amassed the collection over six years, I realized it was a never ending process of accumulation. I continued collecting my hair through my mother's battle with multiple myeloma. The day my Mom passed away, February 20, 2011 was the final day that I saved my hair. Shaving ones' head or cutting off ones' hair can be a gesture and ritual of grief. The deliberate end to the collecting was a personal gesture that marked the beginning of my grief. The collection of my hair transformed into the project Shed which led to the Hairstory-Herstory project.