Alopecia Gallery
Alopecia Gallery - Paige Gratland, Sontag
Alopecia Gallery - Paige Gratland, Sontag

Paige Gratland

The Sontag - 100% Real Human Hair and Clip

Or Gallery, May 2005 – Fake beard

This exhibition was done in conjunction with Hannah Jickling’s There’s A New Beard in Town project at Or Gallery Vancouver

Artist Statement

This piece was inspired by a joke shop clip-on grey hair extension that I found in artist and friend Hannah Jickling's closet. The clip appealed to our feminist gay aesthetics and I stole the clip from Hannah's wardrobe and began incorporating into mine. Part of my attraction to the clip was that I immediately associated it with the iconography of Susan Sontag, whose fierce elegance and intelligence is reflected in her classic grey swoop. I began making my own clips in her honour, the first in a series of feminist hair wear, which is to celebrate and commemorate feminists' signature style. When I heard of Susan Sontag's death I released the piece as a memoriam.

Paige Gratland, 2005