Thursday, 22 April 2010
THE RING: AOI KOTSUHIROI AND ANA FINEL HONIGMAN DISCUSS HAIR, DEATH AND WHAT MATTERS
In the Japanese original and American remake of The Ring, a ghoulish little ghost girl haunting mothers has a terrifying tangled mass of stringy black hair. The monster and her endless mess of limp locks symbolize insatiable yearning, buried memories and fear of death. Although we tend to keep our hair better kemp and more bouncy, the strains of dead cells attached to our scalps also carry similar symbolic significance. And Japanese jewelry artist Aoi Kotsuhiroi's rings of magnificently muted, ghost-like crystals enveloped in tendrils of black string and human hair create beauty from the same source material that turned toxic in The Ring and remains emotionally entangled in us all.
ANA FINEL HONIGMAN: Was your use of hair related to the Victorian memento mori tradition of using human hair?
AOI KOTSUHIROI: The Victorian jewelry among other things, yes. But mostly my inspiration was the Buddhist (or other) offering of the scalp of my enemy. And especially the notion of sensuality and caress that exists into the hair. I do not want to put the hair into a symbol or a category of history. This thread is a tentacle that leaves our body to feel the outside and the soul of the things... perhaps. It continues to grow such as a plant. I catch the leaves as a memory that I keep into my magical "herbarium". Perhaps it is a skeleton of the soul, as well as bone it does not rot.
AFH: The Victorian tradition is usually for loved
ones. Do you use hair of friends or foes?
A.K: It depends on the season, and also the fruit of my harvests.
AFH: Does it matter to you whose hair you use?
A.K: The hair that I harvest are some offerings. I go through their story, and so in the caress I draw a picture of feelings.
AFH: How do the hair and stones inter-relate symbolically?
A.K: It is a relationship of memory that exists on both stones and hair... Into a nest of hair I leave a few stones, I sew an envelope of murmurs and into this noise of silence I lay the moment.
AFH: When did you discover your aesthetic and settle on your materials?
A.K: Into each hand: a bit of nothing. For tomorrow I think of taking few details and slipping them into my eyes.
AFH: Are you a believer in the healing power of crystals?
A.K: If the shaman is good...
AFH: Do you only use hair from a head?
AK: Who knows...
AFH: What are your thoughts on the popularity of memento mori jewellery?
AK: As the seasons go by, fashion impregnated of time regularly feels this necessity of memory and forgetting...
AFH: Do you believe in an after-life?
A.K: Our beliefs are intimate ... It seems difficult to be into certainties.
AFH: What is your definition or understanding of the "soul"?
A.K: A stain of water in the middle of the forgetting.
AFH: Which fashion designers are most interesting or inspiring to you?
A.K: The 'landscapes' of the fashion shows continues to bring me a large amount of details ...
AFH: What are your symbolic associations with all the ingredients that you combine in your work?
AK: I pick and I harvest all my "ingredients". Fierce and wild. They are stones, porcelain skulls that I bury under the ground to harden them and let the fire placing its marks of light and shadow. A few drops of
lacquer as a sap that will keep in itself all of these traces and these moments ...
AFH: Do you tend to cherish clothes or do you often
discard unfashionable garments?
A.K: Some of my clothes are connected to 'relationships', 'meetings' ... They are the trace of a writing of the body and I keep their odors such as moments. Others, more distant, go away without saying anything.
AFH: How would you describe your own person dress style?
A.K: Got arms, with feathers... I must be a cave-woman.
AFH: Have you met many of the women who wear your work?
A.K: Some of them, in their discretion of smiles and exchanges bring me their testimony ...
AFH: Do you consider your work nearer to art than fashion?
A.K: Sometimes I'm getting closer of what I see. This evidence of the body point out a destination. I examine the shadows and their manner of speaking.
AFH: What separates fashion from art for you?
A.K: In the middle of nowhere: nothing separates...
AFH: Tell me about yourself.
AK: I am born nowhere, I live here, I embroider the moment that layer after layer becomes stratified as a geology of emotion .. Many things are connected and inseparable. Our memory, our now...
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They also look symbolical. Not just those typical rings we see.
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Posted by: Stéphane Laurent | Oct 8, 2010 10:50:00 AM
Love the organic grunge of it all. Hair is a must in body ornament.
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Posted by: me | Jun 10, 2010 3:25:25 AM
KUDOS for featuring this ring_exquisitely executed in masterly detail! MO/RE
Posted by: Maureen Reardon | May 4, 2010 7:43:26 PM
Such a coincidence, I did a post about Aoi Kotsuhiroi on my blog last week. Great minds think alike :-)
Posted by: Duck | Apr 24, 2010 2:22:05 PM