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Artist Statement

This mural is a study based off of a drawing that happening in my living room. In my culture doing hair is a ritual, it is an act of self care and a radical bonding experience with one another. This mural represents queer kinship and the observations of patience of doing one another’s hair. Styling our hair in our culture is similar to a meditative practice. It is sacred, it is historically important for us. In history our ancestors braided rice into their kin's hair before they were taken off to the states, so that they could survive and have grains to plant when arriving. Our hair has helped our survival for our entire lives, this mural is an observation of that sacred act of braiding hair in my living room.


Artist Bio

Uriah Bussey is a non-binary Black multi disciplinary artist and teaching artist from West Philadelphia. They studied printmaking and time based media from Kutztown University. Uriah teaches for organizations like Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership and The Print Center. They are involved in community print shops such as Second State Press. They have recently been selected for the 40th Street Artist in Residence program for the 2019-2020 year. Uriah is looking forward to see where this year takes them.


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