This Artist Used Vintage ‘Ebony’ And ‘Jet’ Clippings To Create A Galactic Ode To Black Hair

Lorna Simpson Collages

Touching // Photo Credit: Lorna Simpson

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.


Lorna Simpson Collages

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.

Lorna Simpson Collages

Photo Credit: Lorna Simpson

Lorna Simpson Collages

Reignite // Photo Credit: Lorna Simpson

Lorna Simpson Collages

Photo Credit: Lorna Simpson

Lorna Simpson Collages

Lorna Simpson Collages

White Rose // Photo Credit: Lorna Simpson

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