I remember first watching this video earlier this year, tearing up (emotional times) then sharing it instantly with Seet. Rupi’s powerful affirming voice crushes destructive beauty standards and emphasises the importance of not only accepting, but loving our bodies and their natural state. Mad respect for all the women in this video coming together to create such empowering art.
your hair is
nothing less than rivers and velvet
for too long, we have been at war with our skin
weaponised with lasers and razor blades
when what we need is a sisterhood
where women help each other belong to themselves
an organism that joined you with the earth below your feet
to the soil your ancestors planted crops on
to feed a lineage of women with
thick as tree trunks
eyes like almonds
deeply hooded with conviction
- Rupi Kaur
I have always admired the practice of Kes in Sikhism. Knowing that your body has a strong connection to the Divine is immensely beautiful. We all may not be Sikh, but accepting your body in it’s natural state (which i’m not restricting to just hair by the way), with all of its perfections and imperfections can definitely be seen as, I believe, a form of worship.
From the Nanak project - one of the initial material explorations.
I’ve always enjoyed working on the process more than the final outcome. Sometimes this can be problematic, because things are rarely completed. But it can also feel more wholesome, because the infinity of existence makes that vision impossible anyway.
(plasticine, wool, fabrics, acrylics and foam - mixed media collage)