I am deeply intrigued by the use of hair as an acceptable material in Victorian fancywork, and its ability to cause revulsion in contemporary audiences. Unlike most other body parts, its existence apart from its original source does not imply any harm to the person. In fact, it is something we shed naturally. The other materials that fit in this unusual category are baby teeth and nails. This floral arrangement is made from baby teeth and nail clippings (my own and those of family and friends who have donated them.) In addition to the examination of materials, this piece aims to explore gender roles and sexual repression both historical and contemporary.

Flora Dentata (Tooth & Nail)

dimensions
6.5"×6.5"×6.5"
materials
Nail clippings, baby teeth
date
2009