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Sonia ClarkIf any of you are of African descent or have been the parent of an African child for a while, you know how versatile African hair is. It’s extraordinary the things you can do with it. Thanks to its curly nature, African hair can be modeled, twisted, braided in almost any form you can imagine and become a true work of art.
But in this case, when I talk about the art of hair, I’m not talking about hairstyles, hats, or hair accessories, but literally about art made with hair, human African hair. Yes, the same type of hair that crowns the heads of my children can become art in itself.
Sonya Clark, is an African American artist that makes art with… hair, her own hair.
Maybe some of you find this kind of unusual, I think it’s interesting and original and it’s something that only an African/African American artist can do. Not only because African hair is so adequate to model into a sculpture, but also because the history behind African hair, specially the hair of black women, can only be told by a black artist.Sonia Clark Comb Sculpture
African hair represents the history of a race, and also identity and culture.
Sonya Clark not only works with hair (her own and that of other people), but also with combs, beads, copper, and cloth and all of these materials are related to what she wants to express about her race, her ancestry, and her history. 

More information:
African inspirations: Sculpted headwear by Sonya Clark
Interview with Sonya Clark (audio)
Sonya Clark’s Website
Sonya Clark: Hair, Art and Identity

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