After each hair painting, the artist Jarrett Key sits in a chair and  twists their hair. Each hair painting reimagines the rituals, narratives, and legacy of their grandmother, Ruth Mae “Polka Dot” Giles.TWISTING is a short video that evinces the meditative process of Key dividing his hair and rejoining tresses to complete the hair painting ritual. Through this video, we witness the various stories that reflect the narratives and family lessons bequeathed and rooted in the strength found in Key's hair.

Jarrett Key

At 14, Jarrett Key was a “scholarship kid” from rural Alabama, attending a predominately white high school in Georgia. At 18, I left the south to attend Brown University. Since moving to New York, Key has been featured in performances, biennales, residencies, publications, exhibitions, and workshops at NYU Tisch, galleries in Brooklyn, Chelsea, LES, Harlem, Boston, Ljubljana and Shanghai. Key’s work is in the collections of the Schomburg Center, MoMa Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Library, among other institutions. The HAIR PAINTING series has been featured at the Studio Museum in Harlem and Harlem Arts Festival in Marcus Garvey Park, as well on television: SLAY TV, and CBS 2 NYC.