As part of our event at FACT we will have a trailer and an audio-visual essay co-created by Niamh Thornton and Liz Greene. We are currently working hard to edit material by vloggers and Instagrammers, and finding inspiration in the many film stars and celebrities who use their brows as part of their performances. After many hours of viewing, it has been fascinating to watch the similarities and differences in approaches and advice given. Pencils, stencils, threads, and products abound. The release date for our trailer will be next week.
When I mention that I am doing a project on eyebrows and I research Mexico, Frida Kahlo’s name is always mentioned. So, it is no surprise that in a review of an exhibition of her “intimate belongings” at the V&A her “ebony eyebrow pencils that she used to emphasise her monobrow” is included. For more, read on. Kahlo’s image is to be found on multiple objects that can be bought throughout the land. So, will the exhibit now encourage a new direction in brows, just as her Tehuana-style blouse has introduced a taste for embroidery?
Niamh Thornton, University of Liverpool