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Singapore artists to know: Zoey Wong embroiders with her own hair, all in the name of art

Zoey Wong's work is meant to make you stop and stare. And if you're feeling a little more curious, you'll automatically reach out and touch one of her pieces
 

Picture human hair cascading from a suspended funeral wreath. It might not strike you as art, but hair is the unexpected medium that 25-year old artist Zoey Wong uses to create her works. She used hair which she had been collecting for more than 10 years to create a collection called “Goodbye”. The odd project took her about four months of painstaking sewing, but her efforts came to fruition last year when the haunting art won her the Young Talent People’s Choice Award at the Affordable Art Fair, Singapore.

Take a closer look at her work and you’ll see intricate embroidery that you never thought was possible using human hair. Well, Zoey didn’t either, at first. But using hair was the only way she knew she could aptly represent the human desire for self-preservation. To her, hair represents a multitude of things: “It doesn’t decay as quickly as the rest of the body, and it’s a very personal part of our self-image.” For Zoey, interaction between the audience and her art is crucial.

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