My work consists of my own hair that I’ve collected over the years inside of a mason jar with a label on the front that reads “Remember to throw this out”. With this piece, I explore the complexities and the relationship that I’ve had with my natural hair for years. I’ve hated it, then loved it and like a cycle it repeats. The purpose for the mason jar is to collect and the label is intended to discard. There’s a sort of tug of war that goes on and continues to do so.
In preparing for this commission, Tori Scott immersed herself in available oral histories documenting the experience of descendants of the Rosewood Massacre. Using direct quotes from survivors and children of survivors, Quiet No Longer emphasizes the importance of disrupting silence and immortalizing the names of individuals who were once subjected to threats of violence and persecution. The Frost
Art Museum collection includes Etherline Kendrick, a portrait by Scott of her late grandmother that celebrates matriarchal roles within Black families. In thinking of her earlier
work in conjunction to this exhibition, Scott notes, "I could think of at least six women in
my family who each own a hardy collection of family photos and memorabilia dating back in
time. Things like these are very important because it keeps history rich and accurate for
generations to come.
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