As chairman of the Craft and Material Studies department at Virginia Commonwealth University, artist Sonya Clark knows a thing or two about working with unorthodox art media. For several years now, the Washington native has been making sculptures using human hair (her own kinky black tresses and others’) as a vehicle for exploring the themes of race and identity.
On Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. Contemporary Wing will host a reception for “Ahead of Hair,” a solo exhibition of recent work created during a residency last summer in Italy, using hair, thread and combs.
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