Loss Object - Tonsure

Artist: Frances Rood
Year: 2019
Materials: Found flax fibre, wood, needles and pins, laboratory tripod.


The ritually prescribed actions needed to convert flax leaf to fibre; The shift in a viewer’s perception from flax fibre to the suggestion hair implied by the manipulation of this material; The title of the work itself-“Tonsure”. All are transformative acts: An interweaving of ritual, creative and symbolic action.