Karin Jones

Artist | Maker | Goldsmith

In my recent work, I have been working with hair as a craft medium to question ideas of authenticity in relation to racial and cultural identity. Is hair a body part, or is it adornment? The brooches I made out of synthetic hair extensions and metal came alive when photographer Kristy Depper helped me to “perform” them by wearing them with matching wigs. In having myself photographed in slightly awkward poses, I am poking fun at contemporary beauty practices, while playing with perceptions of race and identity. Click here for an expanded artist statement.

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Worn: Shaping Black Feminine Identity

"Worn" is an installation I created for the Royal Ontario Museum

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"More Fun" Photo by Kristy Depper, 2013

Photographs

Kristy Depper photographed me wearing my hair brooches with matching wigs.

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Craft objects

This "Nappy Top Hat" begins an exploration of other objects that can be made of hair and hair extensions.

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Hair brooches

Brooches made of synthetic hair extensions and metal.

2 Responses to “Hair and Cultural Identity”

  1. Anonymous

    Love this work!!! Innovative use of bagged hair. The hair was truly amazing too!

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