Hair on Me 2015 presents a phenomenon through the act of moving strands of a man’s beard a symbol of masculinity,... Read More
Hair on Me 2015 presents a phenomenon through the act of moving strands of a man’s beard a symbol of masculinity, to a woman’s face. I well acknowledge that the physical act of removing something from one and attaching it to another is merely an appearance and that it cannot become real. Differences can only be found between things that have common attributes as well as distinguishable characteristics. Men and women have the commonality of both being human beings but I ponder on how the different qualities between them came about. Did the differences arise by cultural conduct or the different gender roles prescribed by the society and the environment? Or is it because of the innate physical differences between men and women? In the Hair on Me performance, I find that despite having a beard, the symbol of masculinity, I look more feminine than masculine. Beards as a symbol of masculinity may also be a cultural product. If the beard is a true symbol of masculinity, the masculinity should originate from the beard itself, not vice versa. There is a contrast when men look fragile and women strong. But this contrast does not arise from whether one has a beard or not. The masculinity is a cultural product, and the beard itself is not masculine. This is an act of emasculating the beard that distinguishes men and women. Through this work, I intended to expose how masculinity and femininity are not innate attributes but are socially and culturally constructed characteristics.