A visit to the salon inspired art curator to put together an exhibition on hair

PUBLISHED : Monday, 12 October, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 12 October, 2009, 12:00am

It all began during a cut for art curator Emily Eldridge. 'I was having my hair done and thought, why not do a show about hair?' recalled Eldridge (right in picture), a regular client at Central's LaBelle Salon. After a positive response from LaBelle owner Sally Leung Sau-han (left, with artist Ashley Terpstra), Eldridge invited five artist friends and graduates from the Savannah College of Art and Design to create 20 artworks - paintings, photos and installations - for a display called Tangled: The Art of Hair. The exhibition opened with a reception on Thursday.

'In the US, I've seen guys with a Mohawk in buttoned-up attire, while here in Asia I see a lot of crazy pony tails among teenage girls in their uniforms. I think hair is self-expression and shows people who they really are inside. It does define you as a person and in many cases it also defines your culture as well. In this exhibition, what we really want to tell people is that hair is beautiful.'

In the hirsute of happiness, as the picture shows, most of the artists even arrived with bright colour extensions and wigs. The display continues at 1 Glenealy Road until November 6.