Art for Art's Sake: Paper Wigs

Artist Asya Kozina's Baroque wigs

Artist Asya Kozina's Baroque wigs

In 1680 Luis XIV, the Sun King, had forty wig makers designing his wigs at the court of Versailles.  The hair of the Baroque era (est. 1600-1725) became a form of expression: art for the sake of art. The Age of Enlightenment dawned with the newly formed Bourgeoise (nouveau riche) (new rich) (think the tech boom) and highly elaborate wigs with ostentatious decorations became a sign of wealth and status.

from 'My Design Stories':

 Kozina’s recent series of ‘Baroque paper wigs’ re-appropriates the wild hairstyles of Victorian-era women and men using individually crafted sheets, carefully curled and cut into perfectly permed locks. Sculpted arrangements like flowers, leaves, and an exceptionally intricate sailboat are delicately placed in the mass of extravagant paper hair, adding a sense of fantasy and whimsy to the conceptual compositions.

 ‘Historical wigs always fascinated me, especially the Baroque era,’ Kozina says. ‘This is art for art’s sake aesthetics for aesthetics — no practical sense, but they are beautiful. In this case, paper helps to highlight the main form and not to be obsessed with unnecessary details.’

 

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