aki inomata swaps human hair with her dog to exchange fur coats aki inomata swaps human hair with her dog to exchange fur coats
aug 11, 2014

aki inomata swaps human hair with her dog to exchange fur coats


aki inomata swaps human hair with her dog to exchange fur coats

all images © aki inomata

 

 

 

as an exploration in the relationship between pets and their owners, japanese artist aki inomata has exchanged a human body part — in this case hair — with that of a dog. after carefully collecting both the fur of ‘cielo’ the dog and her own locks over a few years, she gathered and assembled the strands into hand-woven clothes, so that the two would literally be exchanging coats.

aki inomata swaps human hair with her dog to make coats
aki inomata and cielo

 

 

 

‘I wear the dog’s hair, and the dog wears my hair‘ is comprised of a video installation and the two articles of clothing: an over-the-shoulder caplet and a dog’s outerwear.I have had various pets, and do so now as well.‘ inomata explains ‘I believe that all people who have pets wonder at some point whether their pet is happy, and I face the dilemma of whether it is right to make a living creature into a pet. within this context, I have had these animals appear in my artwork. my works take as their starting point things that I have felt within everyday experiences, and transplant the structure of these experiences analogically to the modes of life of the animals. the concept of my works is to get people to perceive the modes of life of various living creatures by experiencing a kind of empathy towards them.’

aki inomata swaps human hair with her dog to make coats
stills from the ‘I wear the dog’s hair, and the dog wears my hair’

aki inomata swaps human hair with her dog to make coats
large bundles of collected hair have been gathered for the project

aki inomata swaps human hair with her dog to make coats
the artist hand-weaves the strands of hair into clothing

aki inomata swaps human hair with her dog to make coats
before and after: cutting the hair vs. the ‘coats’ made of fur

 


installation view from ‘I wear the dog’s hair, and the dog wears my hair’ at HAGISO
video courtesy of aki inomata

aki inomata swaps human hair with her dog to make coats
installation views at HAGISO, toyko

aki inomata swaps human hair with her dog to make coats
the dog’s cape made of human hair

aki inomata swaps human hair with her dog to make coats
the human cape made from dog’s fur

  • Creepy ..but, an interesting concept. ..still creepy.

    Jim

    jimCan says:
  • Sweet.

    Ron Smith says:
  • compared to any fur coat > not creepy at all.
    I suppose the little dog has a nice living.

    Christine says:

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