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Anne Wilson

Roy Boyd Gallery

Anne Wilson is drawn to utilizing and examining the only fiber our bodies actually make—hair. Using false hair, she divides her attention between the hair that we adorn and the kind that is ignored, considered vaguely embarrassing. Her sculptures are metaphors for the human condition in general, and for the shifting position and situation of women in particular.

Wilson’s “I Cut My Hair” series, 1992–93, is composed of disembodied luxuriant manes. They are presented very hieratically, almost like an inventory of the incredible range of hair color, texture, and its systems of display. These plaits are still so culturally loaded that they cause one to speculate about the personalities of their sources, as if they actually had been cut from the heads of women who had grown their hair several feet long. Their mute, vertical presentation also evokes sacrifice and loss, the sense that these are

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