Long Hair


I have been working with hair imagery since 2002. Twin Spirits is my first work in this series:  two large charcoal hair drawings, self-portraits of my twin sister and me. We have both had long hair since high school, which has become our main identifying feature.  I use  the disembodied image of long, straight, black hair as a reference to our identity.  These drawings are presented as scroll paintings in order to accentuate the length and the flow of long hair. The larger than life size  scale creates an imposing  three-dimensional effect.  Although these drawings  are done with charcoal medium, they are related to the aesthetics of traditional Chinese ink painting.


The triptych Three Graces presents symbolic portraits of the three Zhang sisters, all artists, reflecting our connections as individuals and as siblings. The larger center piece depicts nurturing older sister Ling, flanked by Hong on the right and her left-handed identical twin Bo on the left.


The long braid Life Strands is a more universal take on this theme. In this work, the long braid is meant to examine a woman’s complete life cycle from the untangled radiance of youth, through the twists and turns of midlife, to the  frail grey hairs that come with age.


The recent scrolls Twister No.1 and No.2 refers to my home in Kansas and the latest drawing Waves deals with water.  Filled with dynamic energy and flow, in these works I hope to  combine my identity with the natural environment. 


© Copyright Hong Chun Zhang. All rights reserved.


60"w x 156"h, charcoal on paper with scrolls, 2014