Hair Candles

The ways I have been working with human hair throughout this year have a repetitive nature that has a ritualistic quality. Candles themselves are often used within religious ceremony. Human articles, such as bone, hair, blood and so on have been treasured as relics of saints. It has been said repeatedly throughout my research that hair holds the essence of a person... whether this be perceived to be on a scientific level or spiritual level. Given these ways of looking at a candle, or hair, what does the combination of the two combined evoke? Imagine your own hair entwined with a cotton wick, burning like a candle...

What would your instinctual response be?

 

 Hair Candles, August 2013, Natural Bees Wax, Cotton Wick and Human Hair.