Loose Ends & Otjize
Acrylics & Colored pencil on paper
Otjize is the red ochre conditioner that protects the Himba people of Namibia that is applied to the skin and hair. The hair takes on a sculptural rope like quality, with the ends being free for new growth.
The richness of the diaspora amazes me, when I look at a similar technique of box braids and twists where the ends are left untied. As I created this piece, I meditated on the ingenuity of Black people who often feel lost in the diaspora, being able to find their way back subconsciously even down to hair braiding traditions.
Measurements (in inches)
Overall original with frame 10 x 13
9 x 12
Image Window 8 ½ x 5 ½