Sonya Clarke

b. 1967, United States

Madam CJ Walker and Me, 2013
Artist’s hair suspended in medium
25x18 inches

Image courtesy Goya Contemporary Gallery, United States, & the artist
More often than not Clarke has used the hair belonging to other people in artworks where this is employed as a medium.

In this work, she quite literally ‘entangles’ herself with this long-admired African American figure, who is renowned for not only being one of the first women of colour to become a millionaire, but also to have established a company that sells and tailors hair products for African Americans.

Madam C.J. Walker (born Sarah Breedlove in December 23, 1867 – May 25, 1919) is recorded as the first female self-made millionaire in America. Walker made her fortune by developing and marketing a line of cosmetics and hair-care products for black women.