MATERIAL STUDY SPECIMEN:

MY BRAID

Human hair as inclusion in glass

3.5" x 7.24" x 0.75"

2014

In this piece, I cut a braid of my hair as a gesture to unbelong the regenerative part of myself and used it as inclusion in hot glass to explore the idea of loss, memory and the female sentimentality. The heat of the hot glass destroyed the physicality of the hair and the melted glass in turn buried its ash. I realize that this process of losing the form but preserving its remains has become itself a gesture of holding tight to past grief.

© 2019 by Soe Yu Nwe