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Afro Combs*
Afro Combs*

© the artist. Photo credit: Bruce Castle Museum (Haringey Culture, Libraries and Learning)

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When making her sculpture, the artist used three plastic Afro hair combs and enhanced them with leatherwork and textiles. She wanted to interpret her own experiences and memories of combing Afro hair. The artist said: 'I get an uncomfortable feeling when I look at the purple and orange Afro comb. I intentionally made the loops uneven, twisted and unregimented as these represent the small clumps of Afro hair growth around the hairline… the rounded handle of this gold and red knotted leather Afro comb reminds me of the knots Afro combs help to comb out… I have used black wool on black leather to show a canerow and Afro hairstyle.

Bruce Castle Museum





plastic, wool & leather

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gift from the artist, 2013

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