BY: DANIEL PETERSON
Have you ever thought of things that can’t come to an end in human’s lifetime? If you haven’t, or if you ever did, add this to your list. CREATIVITY.
You can be assured that with creativity, you won’t run short of ideas or ways of doing things. This is because with creativity, even if you won’t discover something new, you will simply modify the already existing one and trend worldwide like no one’s business (that is if you want to be famous).
For instance, the discovery of mobile phone as a medium communication was discovered by an entirely different person. And later someone from nowhere discovered how to send, save and receive money using the already developed mobile phone technology.
Tasha Dougé also decided to be creative on her own right, even if her creativity can’t be compared to that of the discovery of a computer, but at the same time, it can’t be overlooked. In fact, it is awesome.
I can bet, you haven’t seen braiding hair used like this one. ‘5 x 3-foot American flag’ is a clear indication of how Tasha Dougé’s creative art is the best.
The New York-based artist came up with the piece called “This Land is OUR Land”—a flag made out of some Black hair, to represent the contributions of slaves to the U.S landscape in a way that has never been done before.
Inspired by “Make America Great Again” phrase, Dougé used various shades of braiding hair (gray, brown, black, dark, and brown) to portray the experience by our Black ancestors in the U.S and acknowledge [its] impact.
At an interview with ‘The New York Times,’ Dougé managed to create the flag by using a technique which enabled her to elongate the braid without having to create a new one. Dougé then created the square shape just by weaving the hair into a chicken wire.
Every part of the complex piece has a special meaning—including the cotton that is usually seen on the U.S flag’s stars.
“When I think about this country as a whole, it would not be what it is now minus the contributions of the enslaved Africans,” Dougé added.
“I wanted each element of the flag to at least have some sort of representation: The brown stripes show the diverse spectrum of color in America (light skinned slaves worked in the house and while darker slaves worked in the field), but we are all interwoven in the trauma of skin tone. The gray stands for the years of oppression which is ongoing. The black box symbolizes the black experience exclusive to this nation.”
The creative lady then talks something that i am sure you want to hear …
“There’s something that’s unique about the black people’s experience in America. Cotton is actually what spearheaded slavery in the very first place.”
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