Artist Lorna Simpson has released a new book of art collages celebrating Black hair. From rockstone updos to watercolor afros, Lorna Simpson Collages is a 160-image collection of mixed media artwork using vintage Ebony and Jet magazines to create hair masterpieces.
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Lorna has gained renown over her 40-year career for celebrating Black womanhood, including setting a personal record this past May with a six-figure sale at Sotheby’s. In her newest release, she pairs the media clippings with random objects, geological and astrological from a 1931 textbook, ink washes and geological formations to create her personal ode to Black hair.
Poet and scholar Elizabeth Alexander writes “Black women’s heads of hair are galaxies unto themselves, solar systems, moonscapes, volcanic interiors,” in the book’s introduction.
For Lorna, she simply says, “I thought they were beautiful.”
Scroll through to check out the striking images.