“As an artist with a deep interest in sustainable and self-supporting systems, human hair seems the most immediate and true material. I find fascinating the historical implications and various uses of human hair. I am also intrigued with the attraction/repulsion response the material evokes. It is sentimental, challenging and honest.”
Artist Adrienne Antonson combines three things dear to me: Sculpture, Entomology, and Sustainability. And she does it with one of humanity’s most lasting natural products, human hair. Combining the complicated relationship humans have with both subjects makes for fascinating sculpture. They’re delicate, intimate, and hairy- just like real insects. Sadly the writer of the article I discovered them in has some serious insect-phobias, which is a shame. At least the artist considers her work beautiful, as do I.
“My current work is inspired by the bizarre behaviors and ingenious evolutionary developments of the insect world. Using materials taken from my own experience and transforming them into real or imagined species provides a unique and intimate perspective on nature and self-sustainability. I see this work as an investigation into my imagination’s relationship with the fluxus state of the natural world. And it leaves me feeling limitless.” -Antonson