A woman after my own heart, artist Sonya Clark is preoccupied with the texture, styling and politics of black hair. Her exploration of the theme through various works has captivated visitors to more than 250 museums and galleries in Europe, Africa, Asia, South America, Australia, and the U.S.
Currently, Richmond is lucky to have concurrent exhibitions of her work on display: “Same Difference” at Reynolds Gallery and The Hair Craft Project at 1708 Gallery. “Same Difference” features signature works Clark made of thread, her own hair and combs, which conjure a charged history of hair culture, race politics and contested notions of beauty. “The Hair Craft Project” features the creations of a dozen hair stylists working alternately on two backdrops—Sonya’s head and stitched canvases—to dramatic effect.