长发的游乐园

long-haired wonderland

2018

 

polymer clay, aluminum foil, wire, acrylic paint, clay, synthetic hair

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Straight long black hair has been the traditional hairstyle of China for thousands of years, and many emotional and narrative values were developed around it throughout history. I was particularly interested in the horror aspect of it, especially from the folktales that involved hair become alive and act independently of its owner. In the contemporary world, people also tend to have negative emotional associations with long hair such as those that clog the drain, or from horror films such as The Ring. This work imagined a horrifying yet amusing wonderland scene that has long black hair as its key element. The playfulness in the dynamics of the characters and frame structure diluted the potential horrifying effect of the ring of disembodied hair. The creatures inside can either be visitors from the outside world or residents that live there permanently.