Arts and Design
Art Made With Human Hair
Updated on August 21, 2013 LisaKoski moreContact Author Source Everlasting Locks: Popularity of Art as Hair
From the 1400s to the 1800s, hair art was all the rage in both Europe and the U.S. Why? Immortality in fact. What one usually did when creating a piece of hair art is take hair from relations to create paintings, bracelets, wreaths and all sorts of other objects. Generations were conserved in this way in a bit of labor that reflected some a part of their ancestry.
The photo on the appropriate is a bit that may be found in Leila’s Hair Museum in Independence, Missouri and is a good example of this kind of art in action. It’s made up of braided hair from members of the family around an in depth history of marriages and births. This museum is filled with many other works of art including wreaths and portraits with hair.
Tangles in Time: Why Make Art From Hair?
The main idea behind all this work was that hair lasts longer than another media. Crack open a sarcophagus in an Egyptian tomb and one thing you will notice is that the hair of the mummy remains to be in tact, at the same time as its skin has shriveled up.
One common misconception in relation to the dead is that for a while after death, hair and nails continue to grow. This is false. The rationale behind this idea is because hair looks bigger once the skin dries out. As flesh fades and bones crumble to dust, the one thing that remains is hair. That is why it was considered a perfect media in an age without photography for creating art that might keep one’s family from being forgotten as years go by.
If you happen to think this tradition is long gone, you’re wrong. Although it is not nearly as common or popular, artists still work with hair as certainly one of the many varieties of media from the body to create a few of the identical kinds of things that the Victorian’s did.
One example of an artist at work is Dr. Cindy Stelmackowich. She took the classic idea of a wreath manufactured from hair, which was common back in hair art’s glory days, and added her own twist by giving it eyes that stare right back at you. Fitting for a piece of work that can mesmerize as much as repulse.
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Incredible that hair is so resilient.Thanks for sharing the link to the hair museum..looks incredible I never knew one existed.Amazing art but a little bit too gross for me to wear…even when it were my own hair.
Eranofu 5 years ago from Europe
Are these… little eyeballs on the hair necklace?
A bit creepy7fascinating article.