Such traits are not markers that incite desire (2020)

Artist's hair and epoxy resin.

60 x 60 x 20 cm. 

Such traits are not markers that incite desire (2020) is a sculptural work that preserves an undesirable feature of the artists self-identity. The work looks into the abject connotations applied onto hair that deviates from the norm of blond, straight and tame. By containing her collected hair in its natural state, reflecting on it’s found state, the viewer is invited to examine a trait that defines Ruaa as undesirable under western standards. The work speaks to a world that exclusively views whiteness as a state of desirability and reflects on Ruaa's own relationship with desirability.