Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Deep 1.5″ gallery-wrapped canvas with painted and varnished sides and edges for the option of frameless display (ready to hang).
Varnished with UVL gloss. Hand-signed in paint on the front in the bottom left corner and on the back of the canvas stretcher frame. Certificate of Authenticity available with purchase.
From the first layer of gesso primer, this piece was painted with Rachel’s hair. This is not the first time she has used her hair (or body) as a painting tool. She turns to this type of physicality with painting when the content of a piece demands physical involvement rather than disconnection with a brush tool. As a braider and hair stylist, Rachel has had to lean in on her hair artistry as much as her fine art to survive financially in the absence of a job. Additionally, as a survivor of sexual assault, the use of hair as a mark-making tool in this piece adds a forensic-like aesthetic to the piece. Finally, in a more universal sense, this piece speaks to the many aspects of human survival throughout history -physical survival, psychological survival, cultural survival and economic survival. The abstraction of this piece allows for personal or universal interpretations, and the textural intricacy can be enjoyed for visual pleasure alone.