The Glorious Collages of Lorna Simpson
“Black women’s heads of hair are galaxies unto themselves, solar systems, moonscapes, volcanic interiors. The hair she paints has a mind of its own. It is sinuous and cloudy and fully alive. It is forest and ocean, its own emotional weather.”
—Elizabeth Alexander, from the Introduction of Lorna Simpson Collages
Using advertising photographs of black women (and men) drawn from vintage issues of Ebony and Jet magazines, the exquisite and thought-provoking collages of world-renowned artist Lorna Simpson explore the richly nuanced language of hair. Surreal coiffures made from colorful ink washes, striking geological formations from old textbooks, and other unexpected forms and objects adorn the models to mesmerizingly beautiful effect.
Lorna Simpson Collages features 160 artworks in total, as well as a stunning introduction by poet, author, and scholar Elizabeth Alexander. All in all, it is a wondrous celebration of the power of Simpson’s visual vernacular, and of black women: “Black women are everywhere glorious and unsung.”
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You can find Lorna Simpson Collages here.
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