Two Trees (hat)

Sonya Clark (American, 1967-)

Currently on View in W402
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This sculptural work by Sonya Clark draws a visual connection between braided hair and the branches or roots of trees. Split with an even part, the two braids appear at once controlled and unruly; despite their stability, the sinuous tendrils move in opposite directions.

Drawing upon the artistic traditions of West African and Caribbean countries, Clark explores the nature of personal identity as shaped by popular culture. Working with materials such as human hair, combs, beads, and textiles, Clark is perhaps best known for addressing the politics of African American hair, as well as issues surrounding race, ethnicity, and gender in America. Trees and roots hold special symbolism for the artist, referencing familial histories and the growth of a community.

Sonya Clark, Madison; purchased by the Indianapolis Museum of Art {1} (2003).
{1} commissioned work

Object Information

Sonya Clark (American, 1967-)
creation date
wool, felt, cotton, wire
6-1/2 x 17-3/4 x 9-3/4 in.
accession number
credit line
Mr. and Mrs. William B. Ansted Jr. Art Fund
© Sonya Clark
Textile and Fashion Arts

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