Blaxidermy Nail Ball / Miss Africa, Hot Blooded
Miss Africa acrylic false fingernails, LA Colors nail polish
15 in diameter
Fake fingernails from Hong Kong, Vietnam, United States, and Korea are layered on a sphere and coated in LA Colors nail polish, considering the extravagance of beauty products and the migrations of industry & workers. Shown in Balls: Reordering Black Maleness, Obsidian Art, Minneapolis, 2010
Blaxidermy Nail Ball / Lil Disco
Acrylic false fingernails, NYC Colors nail polish, plastic
7 in diameter
BLAXIDERMY Beauty Supply Nail Sconces
Fingernail extensions, plastic fingers, wood plaques, acrylic, nail polish, sculpted acrylic powder
7 in x 5 in x 3 in each
While African-American women spend 80% more than the rest of the US population on beauty products, Black-owned beauty supply stores and nail salons are nearly impossible to find. The Blaxidermy Beauty Supply project questions our investment in these products and the system, while exploring the impact of repeated beauty processes on women's physical, cultural, and economic well-being.
Shown in Mahogany Dew II at Southampton Historical Museum, 2010
Mannequin head, taxidermy plaque, human hair, rollers, hair pins, speakers, CD player, doorbell
20 in x 14 in x 14 in
A mounted head sound sculpture that is activated by the gold button. When turned on, it plays song and voice clips from interviews with Godfather of Soul James Brown and Reverend Al Sharpton, reflecting on their relationship and style.