Scratch series, 2007, 24” x 18”, C-prints

The five images in the Scratch series consist of photographs of the disembodied tresses of various blonde icons (each identified by first name), that have epitomized white femininity (and whiteness itself), and whose haloed coifs have provoked inspiration and imitation, lust and envy, myth and mirth.

Here, the “dos,” like the backstage remnants following a drag show or a divine apparition visited upon a taco shell, are more abject than their public display might suggest. The “wigs” are constructed from the artist’s fingernails and toenails against backdrops of his beard shavings.