About The Artist
Dana Davenport • Los Angeles, CA
Mixed Media • CUSTOM COMMISSIONS
Dana Davenport (b.1994) is a Korean and Black-American interdisciplinary artist raised in Seoul, South Korea, and currently based between Los Angeles and Brooklyn. Her work shifts between installation, sculpture, video, and performance. Within her practice, she addresses the complexities that surround interminority relationships as a foundation for envisioning her own and the collective futurity of Black and Asian peoples. She utilizes hair and hair care products, items that are overwhelmingly sold by Koreans to Black Americans, as a proxy for her body. She considers the implications of these materials as they sit on the beauty supply shelf and how they are activated in the hands of Black folks through love and labor. By tethering the objects to their source, she's creating a visual language around Black and Asian solidarity while turning to the beauty supply as her source of inspiration.
Q&A with the Artist
Tell us how your work is made.
My process begins with sourcing materials (synthetic hair) from beauty supply stores around Los Angeles and New York City, creating relationships with the store owners, and observing the way Korean store owners interact with their customers. I wonder to myself if they have any clue that I, too, am Korean. I roam through the aisles looking for the perfect crochet box braids while perusing the newest hair and beauty products. The next step is designing the structure and visiting chandelier stores for inspiration. After welding together the steel base myself, I carefully place each braid, adorning the forms with beauty supply ornaments and clay molded into Korean phases such as �?? ?? - Hot Girl Summer� and �???? - Black Power.�