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Not tonight darling, I'm washing my hair     Smallbone of Devizes, London and Kent, 2007

Not tonight darling, I'm washing my hair was made for two evenings of performance art at Smallbone of Devizes’ showrooms in the UK, one in London and one in Kent.


The audience witnessed me in my red dress enjoying a warm milky bath. Over several hours I extracted very long hairs, one strand at a time, from the luxurious tub in order to create a veil to hem myself in with. As one audience member stated, I was ‘…backing myself into a corner’… the more hairs I extracted the more established my self-imposed cage. I was engaged in a lengthy, and impossible, task – attempting to clarify through transformation.

Photos: Lucia King


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