Daisy show was built around two video works she produced around 2017 while studying at Bournemouth Universty ‘Call me Kelly’ and ‘3C’. We then built an installation around these pieces, building it out with mementos and trinkets to flesh out the ideas in the show. There were actual wigs used in the making of ‘Call me Kelly’ and a book called Don’t Touch My Hair by Emma Dabiri. The exhibition opened up many interesting conversations in the salon. You can listen to Daniel talking to Daisy about the ideas in the show while doing her hair by clicking this link.
If you would like to know more about Daisy work please visit her website https://daisy-jones.co.uk/
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Merging two projects created while living and studying in Bournemouth the artist confronts us with the subject of hair, specifically her hair. Some bought, some grown, some lost to chemical relaxer – but that’s a story for another day.
Call Me Kelly & 3c each deal with black hair from a different lens, the first being an attempt at escaping into being someone else through the transformative power of wigs. But with each of these attempted escapes we can see that she is never fully able to escape into any of the characters she’s trying to be.
In the second work the artist sits passively as she is surrounded by curious white hands. While the action may seem harmless at first, we can see the deep impact that is felt by being made to feel Other in your surroundings.
It is up to us to decide how much of what Jones is portraying relates to black femininity as a whole. Is black women’s use of wigs inherently performative? Do all black women get vexed when you touch their hair? (Almost definitely yes)
The subject of black hair has exploded in popular culture from Solange’s masterpiece Don’t touch my hair, to Emma Dabiri’s incredible book of the same title. If you haven’t thought about black women’s hair in a different way maybe as yourself why and if you have touched a black woman’s hair without her permission since 2017 please exit the vicinity with grace and decorum.
Daisy Jones is a multi-media artist based in London. Her work is currently made in response to the representation of race and black femininity within the UK. Inspired by artists such as Samuel