What is it about hair? Why is it so important to me? Well, I think most black women grew up with the media introducing you to your hair as an issue of concern. They create an image of 'troubled hair'. This term 'troubled hair' was actually something I saw on a beauty product in the grocery store about two weeks ago. So since the media has been feeding us on a regular diet of information about the rebel on our heads, well, for me it resulted in a persona. As if the hair was more than just a part of me, but a character all on its own.
When I lived in Mexico, and I wore my hair natural, it was always a conversation-starter, or a thing to ogle, or something to be fondled. This was a new experience for me. There were many times that I felt like they saw the hair, and only the hair. 'fue todo un rollo' like they say in Mexico.
When I chemically relaxed my hair, they were surprised at how straight it got. Amazed that my hair could even be straight any at all. Things that were just viewed as the norm, for a black woman, in Belize, became a marvel. A lot of us still relax our hair.
I believe that it was this most curious and sometimes even down-right undesirable attention that inspired me to begin to record my different 'hair characters' in an album entitled "el fleco" (bangs) on my Facebook page. Needless to say, far beyond displaying different hair styles, I seemed to express different moods and tones in each image.
Pondering this I realized, that an artist is an inventor of reinvention. It has all be done before, or it is all there in front of us. But what an artist does, is important, because, we reinvent realities.