Anne Wilson

HAIR WORK is part of an ongoing inquiry about the context of technologies and materials, and their meanings within culture.

Most of these images are derived from stitching back into and exaggerating the found holes and worn areas in linen fragments using thread and human hair. I have sometimes referred to this work as a "subversive" mending project, because rather than repairing, the holes are "disrepaired," accentuated to display a sensibility that is contrary to the original function and formality of the cloth. HAIR WORK is a collection of forty studies, a dictionary of images from which much subsequent work developed.