TO CUT A WOMAN'S HAIR
As I have very sensitive skin, eczema, and a slight sensitivity to the metal used in many razors, I stopped shaving my body hair about two and a half years ago. While it began because of a health need, it has come to mean a lot to me. I have had relationships end because of my body hair, and I have been met with opposition in ways I would have never foreseen. In this piece, I shave my body hair for the first time since high school in an effort to show both the sheer amount of effort and focus that goes into women’s bodies as well as the mutilation that accompanies female grooming. The use of feminine colors and warm lighting work in stark contrast to the music and the nature of the subject: my body hair. This conflicting imagery makes this piece both unsettling and captivating. The filming process took a long time and it was certainly uncomfortable—the exact sensation I want to give to my viewers.
Music for this piece was used with permission from Thinking Fellers Union Local 282