BEAUTY SALON WITH ESTRELLITA JONES
Installation that includes Photography, Performance and Interactive Sculpture
The beauty salon is more than a place to have a haircut, and this installation is a place that offers more than just a visual presentation. Beauty Salon with Estrellita Jones will also offer social interactions in a culturally defined and gendered space dedicated to personal expressions of beauty.
This art installation features its own cosmetics line, also named Estrellita Jones. The name encompasses a reference to the Spanish dancer La Estrellita, who performed in San Francisco clubs in the 1920′s. The full name Estrellita Jones is a combination of this early 20th century expatriate Spanish dancer, and the common American family name Jones.
Estrellita Jones, my bi-racial, alter ego, humorously embodies the stereotypical latina spirit to address trans-cultural issues in America. Her tongue-in-check personal beauty consultations helped people select appropriate skin care products for our hyperaesthetic culture. The public was encouraged to try the free samples of beauty products and take informative flyers home.