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My DNA Remembers Them

My DNA Remembers Them

Anzara Clark | 2020

Hair, silk, wadding, thread, found metal brooch settings.
Hair Brooches. Each 4cm high x 6 cm wide

Victorian mourning jewellery incorporated hair from the dead in beautiful jewellery pieces, enabling the wearer to keep the departed person close to them at all times. I do not have hair from my ancestors, but my hair and the hair of my children contains DNA from those who came before. Using the motif of Victorian hair mourning jewellery as iconography, my ancestors are always close and they are remembered in my body and will be remembered beyond me in the bodies of my descendants.

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