Hair Bonnet

Prendergast, Kathy
Irish artist Kathy Prendergast works with universal themes around what it means to be human, such as the cycle of life and death, love, loss and grief. She often uses found objects from the domestic environment, including old furniture and items of clothing. Hair has a symbolic significance: not only does it carry our DNA and tell the story of our makeup, it also has an emotional and sentimental aspect, such as keeping a lock of a child's or a lover's hair. 'Hair Bonnet' is a tiny child's bonnet made of hair but has a more unsettling and even sinister quality.
  • Artwork Details: 13 x 20 x 20cm
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  • Material description: human hair
  • Credit line: © the artist
  • Theme: Experience
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  • Accession number: ACC22/1996



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