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Self Portrait, Cultivated Perception


Geoffrey D. Giles (American, 1972 - present)

Geoffrey Giles had dreadlocks for eight years. During this time he says “discrimination became a constant in my life.” This experience taught Giles tolerance and acceptance. Self Portrait, Cultivated Perception is a personal work that documents the process of cutting off his chest length dreads. Photographs in the charms, which hang from woven strands of his actual dreadlocks, illustrate his transformation.

human hair, sterling silver, eighteen-carat gold, acrylic, photographs

Measurements:    height: 7 inches    width: 7 inches    depth: .875 inches

Museum Purchase: Funds provided by Susan C. Beech and Exchange Funds from the Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Raul C. Aizcorbe 2004.91

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