In part of the exhibition "Hairitage"; this performance aimed to shine a light on the daily struggles and emotions women of color go through on a daily basis in preparation to go out into society.
This artistic choice highlights the idea that black hair should be regarded as a natural and integral part of one's identity, deserving of equal acceptance and recognition. The mask allows us to transform and communicate in a non-verbal manner. Just as our hair allows us to transform based on how we choose to style and wear it; it allows us to communicate a part of who we are without saying a word. This ongoing collection explores the spiritual middle ground between our hair and our ancestry. The mask was inspired by tribal masks from regions of Africa that the artist discovered in her own ancestry DNA. Through this performance, I aim to break down barriers and challenge societal norms surrounding black hair, while embracing and showcasing its true essence.