By Jack Williams
Rather than singing under the shower head, an artist uses her time in the tub to create a bizarre body of work that uses nothing more than a collection of SHOWER HAIR.
Lucy Gafford’s unique series features hairy portraits of Star Wars characters, animals, foods, and even President Donald Trump.
The 28-year-old artist, from Mobile, Alabama, has been adding to her strange collection since she first discovered the medium in January 2014.
With her then boyfriend (now husband) out of town, Lucy noticed that the hair stuck to the side of her shower looked a little like a squirrel, so she moved a few pieces around, took a photo, and pasted the images on social media.
From what Lucy described as “a kind-of-gross joke,” the series then evolved as the artist looked to see just how complicated she could make her shower hair-themed works.
Typically, Lucy creates around one or two of these unique masterpieces each week, with her creations inspired by the likes of day-to-day experiences, holidays, lunch or TV shows she is currently watching.
Each piece is made using hairs that has accumulated in the shower that day, Lucy said, and support in her native Mobile, where she was born and raised and works for the local arts council, has been very positive.
Lucy – whose Instagram is @Shower_Hair_Master – plans to continue the series indefinitely, and though her works have an ongoing presence on social media, the artist disposes of every work as soon as she has photographed it.
She said: “I like the idea of spending time meticulously creating something just to destroy it immediately afterwards – that’s the nature of life.
“I have transitioned from lumping the hair around and creating a loose, messy image to using the individual hairs, often breaking them with my teeth, and creating detailed contour drawings as if each hair were a pen stroke.
“As long as I have hair and hands, I’m planning on continuing the series. I can’t shave my head or go blonde, which is probably in my best interest anyway.
“I don’t have an agenda for what’s to come of it – it’s just fun to do, and I enjoy creating something positive out of my hair loss.
“I’m very fortunate to have so many supporters of my weirdness.”