Whether you think it strange or brilliant, you can’t deny that the leaf sculptures made from human hair by Jenine Shereos are intricately beautiful. The use of an unusual material offers a whole new texture, allowing the artist to portray the skeletal, lace-like patterns of dead leaves with incredibly delicate detail.
Shereos explains the process behind her leaf series: “the intricacies of a leaf’s veining are recreated by wrapping, stitching, and knotting together strands of human hair. Inspired by the delicate and detailed venation of a leaf, I began stitching individual strands of hair by hand into a water-soluble backing material. At each point where one strand of hair intersected another, I stitched a tiny knot, so that when the backing was dissolved, the entire piece was able to hold its form.”
The use of human hair fits perfectly with the concept of dead leaves, tying together the very essences of natural existence. Whilst hair is a silent component that frames a person’s appearance, the skeletal structure of a leaf provides the essential veins that link leaf to tree.
Via Hi Fructose | Photography by Robert Diamante