I'm creating a collection of artwork that explores African hair through various mediums, from digital to ink, charcoal to oil paint, and even sculpture.
Many people have made art about hair, and the influence of the renowned photographer J. D. 'Okhai Ojeikere cannot be denied.
But for me, making art about hair is personal and intimate. My experience caring for my fine kinky hair, the struggles to accept it's natural state, and memories from childhood, all come to play. I have shared many precious moments with my mother and sister, over hair.
While documenting hairstyles is a worthwhile practice, documenting my personal history, through hair, is what I aim to do.
In this video I describe my experience of the drawing process.