Mona Hatoum; hair, there and every where, 2004
The Hatoum prints are soft ground etchings. For 3 months, Mona Hatoum collected the hair from her hairbrush and also from the shower drain. She arranged the hair on sheets of paper, actually "drawing" with it. The compositions are quite deliberate. She prepared over 50 of these"hair drawings". She then selected about 16 to work with. I prepared the copper plate w/softground and she delicately
transfered the hair from the paper to the plate. we covered the plate and hair with wax paper and covered it again with wool blankets. We then used a marble rolling pin, the kind used for making pastry, rolling it over the wool, wax paper, hair, plate. The hair made an impression in the softground and I etched it. The prints are on Japanese wax paper chine colle'd to Italian Magnani Pescia. Mona Hatoum has used the wax paper in her work before so it was natural and important to use it on the prints to maintain the continuity and integrity of her work.