In our new weekly feature, we ask artists to describe the one item that they couldn’t do without. This week, Faith Holland discusses the collection of pubes she gathered for her latest exhibition.

For my most recent exhibition at Transfer Gallery, Speculative Fetish, I experimented with many new tools, beginning while I was in residence at Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning. Nail polish acts as glue for wires that are connected across gender” and type in a series called Queer Connections, while the series The Fetishes is composed of laptops, iPads and iPhones adorned with faux fur, moisturizer, lipstick and contact lenses. On one of The Fetishes, viewers are confronted with a dense thicket of pubic hair, under which an abstract, gyrating snippet of flesh plays as a GIF. The piece is inspired, in my mind, by a 1995 Matt Mahurin illustration of a naked person hugging a glowing computer that appeared in Time as part of an alarmist piece about pornography and the web. I wanted to create a screen that would glow under a mass of pubic hair, and so I set out to build a collection of pubes. I would, for about a year, gently comb for loose pubes and collect them in a baggie that lived next to my side of the bed (much to my partner’s chagrin). It was a late night studio practice ritual, the last thing I would do before giving up work for the day.

Faith Holland’s Pubes Installed at Transfer Gallery

Faith Holland: Speculative Fetish
Until January 9 at Transfer Gallery, New York
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