100% human hair full body wig. 2020
The centrepiece of the Bring Me To Heal show is this ornate hand knotted full body wig made of human hair that has been intricately designed by Golding in collaboration with the Shepperton Wig Company and hair artist Kevin Fortune blending afro hair styles and referneces to the body art of ancient Britons. Born from a lengthy process it is a symbol of healing and reflection; using the hair of potentially thousands of people, each strand was hand knotted and tended to for the purposes of collective healing.
Through the films Bring Me To Heal (Fire) & Bring Me To Heal (St George) and the photography series the garment is brought to life when worn by Solomon Golding – Amartey’s brother. We follow the character as he is nurtured into
existence by a group of three nomadic Brothers in the English countryside or brought to a point of reckoning with our violent past within the opulence of the V&A museum, exposing a potent vulnerability.
As the title suggests, the work searches for the point at which the tide of trauma can be steered towards a process of healing and away from further embedding itself in our collective psyche. For this, Golding looks to the vital restorative work undertaken by Rastafarian and many other communities dealing with generational trauma and in a radical shift, applies these same techniques of context, accountability and compassion to the White British experience.
Bring Me To Heal is a plea, an invocation for us to acknowledge the importance of understanding our emotional past and to establish a more equitable future. It is also a warning of the consequences we will continue to face if we don’t.