A new exhibition of works entitled ‘The Alopecia Series’, which explores the changes and effect that hair loss has on personal image and identity, opened today at the Red Gate Gallery in Brixton.
The works by artist Rebecca Fontaine-Wolf, which examine three females with alopecia, focuses on the human form and the how women relate to themselves and continue to feel feminine and confident with hair loss.
Rebecca explores these ideas by using images of feminine beauty as points of departure from where she can delve into zones of feeling, as well as colour, texture, and surface. She works with oils and other media, exploring paint through form and vice versa.
Alopecia is medical term used to describe the loss of hair from the head or body, sometimes to the extent of baldness. Alopecia areata is when hair loss occurs on only one section. In 70% of cases the hair will either grow back or can be treated with proven hair loss treatments. Alopecia areata affects about one person in every 100, mostly teenagers and young adults, and runs in the family in one in five cases. One in five people with alopecia areata may go on to develop a more severe form of hair loss – alopecia totalis (no scalp hair) or alopecia universalis (complete hair loss on the scalp and body).
Telogen effluvium is another type of hair loss often seen in women, but is more common than alopecia areata. It involves relatively sudden and excessive shedding, but results in widespread thinning rather than specific bald patches. It tends to go away on its own after a few months but if it’s a prevailing problem, you should see your doctor or a hair loss specialist to rule out any underlying medical concerns and get the right treatments that can help correct the situation.
If you are experiencing any of the above, or any other type of thinning hair or hair loss, please feel free to call us at the clinic on 020 7730 6666 or message the centre for further information. If you can’t make it into the centre, fill in the online diagnostic form and a treatment advisor will contact you shortly with the results and recommendations.
‘The Alopecia Series’ at the Red Gate Gallery
Exhibition runs from: Friday 12th to 18th of June 2009
Gallery Opening Hours: Fri, Sat, Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs: 2.30 pm – 6.30 pm
Last day of Exhibition: Thurs 18th of June: 11.00am to 5.00pm