Projects/Objects > BRAID/WORK

Sarah Beth Woods | She Bun
Hair weave, chain, door knocker earrings
13"x4"x9"
2016
Sarah Beth Woods | HOT DOME PUFF
Hair weave, chain, door knocker earrings
13"x8"x12"
2016
Sarah Beth Woods | A Big Diamond
Hair weave, foam, door knocker earrings
64"x7"x30"
2016
Sarah Beth Woods | What does it feel like for a girl?
Bath poufs, hair weave, ribbon, felt, clamp lights, lightbulbs, steel
14"x10"x58"
2012
Sarah Beth Woods | Esther
Hair weave, shoe laces, aluminum
64"x7"x30"
2015
Sarah Beth Woods | DBL RAINBOW SWEET TWIST
Hair weave, foam, photo collage, comb, door knocker earrings, chain
50"x10"x9"
2016
Sarah Beth Woods | Lobes
Hair weave, rhinestone earrings, embellishments
(2) 4"x4"x1"
2016

BRAID/WORK is a collaborative project between Sarah Beth Woods and professional hair braider Fatimata Traore that investigates the history and aesthetics of braiding culture as well as identity, adornment and labor through a material and process oriented lens. The material components of this project are staged tableau photographs and hair sculptures that skillfully weave reality and fiction, using Woods' and Traore's working relationship as a point of departure.

"Woods admits a fascination with the boundaries between perceptions of the artificial and the natural. It is at these intersections that she begins her collaboration with Traore. But their work concerns more than just a distinction between, say, real and fake hair, or real and fake gold; it explores the technological artifice of gender and the gestural iteration of race. Their work challenges the assumption of biologically constructed identities." (Mailee Hung, DailyServing, October 13th 2016)

Exhibition: Rootwork Gallery, Chicago IL July-August 2016.
Photography: Cecil McDonald Jr.