A Few Loose Strands

Video (2017). 5 min.
Dallas, Los Angeles, Charlottesville 

This piece draws on the most delicate but lasting artifact that survives and holds as a remembrance of a deceased loved one. 

I recently found a few strands of my mother's hair on her hair brush. For years, her thinning hair was a reminder of her battle with breast cancer and its adverse impact on her feminine identity. Now, long after she's gone, these tiny loose strands serve as objects of remembrance and mourning, of her lasting memento. Captured through a microscopic camera, the video alludes to material and memory, strength and vulnerability, to life and death.