Issue 40 Hair Winter 2010/11

Artist Project / Liquor, Hair

Julia Jacquette

Women (and men) with highly refined, hyper-groomed hair have long been ubiquitous in film, television, and advertising. For some time, seemingly effortless—but actually highly produced—glossy, cascading curls have been the norm for any woman appearing in the media. Like many other “looks” for women throughout history, this coiffure is time-consuming, and to correctly achieve it, a crew of technicians is required. Although I understand how artificial all this is, for me this knowledge doesn’t seem to lessen my desire to achieve this simulacrum of falsely casual hair-perfection for myself. As is my usual strategy, a need to paint an image of the vexing “object” ensues, in an attempt to rid myself of its power over me. This strategy never truly works, but at least some paintings—such as the ones on the following pages—are made in the meantime.

Julia Jacquette is an artist based in New York. Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, among others. Her next solo exhibition will take place in April 2011 at the Anna Kustera Gallery.

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