It is a long held fear to find that stray hair in your soup, but imagine discovering an entire clump of hair in your hamburger?
Hong Chun Zhang, born and raised in the People’s Republic of China, renders some pretty amazing visual puns in pencil. Her incredible eye for detail changes our perceptions on objects like a bullet, hamburger, toilet roll and paint tube. This particular series, titled “Hairy Objects Drawings” is about beauty and repulsion: the familiar objects all perform in the normal way but are obstructed by the inclusion of thick, black hair. A single strand is fragile and easily broken, but the hair drawn by Zhang is strong, clogging up drains, spewing forth from tubes and zooming through the air as a bullet trail. Her work praises the power of those fibres atop female heads – yes, by the length and softness we can assume she most definitely is talking about women here. It’s also worth noting that many of the objects are inherently masculine.
Hong Chun Zhang gives us the permission to laugh at everyday objects, and is largely indebted to the Surrealist movement of the early 20th century. I will not be surprised if a giant hair hamburger tries to attack me in my dreams tonight. Be careful next time you go to the restroom as well – maybe sure your toilet roll is 3-ply and not hair-ply.
Text by Marion Piper.