DeJeonge Reese's first solo exhibition. Join the Muse Gallery July 7th, 2023 5-8pm for an open reception you do not want to miss!
Read more about the collection of work on view on DeJeonge's website, dejeonge.com.
Mask allow us to transform and communicate in a non-verbal manner. Just as our hair allows us to transform based how we choose to style and wear it; it allows us to communicate a part of who we are without saying a word.
The main goal of this collection in parallel with my series "Rooted" and my doll collection, is to provoke my audience to rethink of how we look at black hair; the dolls re-imagining how toys such as Barbie impact our ideals of beauty from a young age and the mask connecting us to our past of what our hair use to represent before slavery all in attempt to get people of all colors to appreciate and learn about black hair in a society where it is still used as a racial identifier by those whom wish to continue to oppress people of color.
This ongoing collection explores the spiritual middle ground between our hair and our ancestry. The mask were inspired by tribal mask from regions of Africa I discovered in my own ancestry DNA.