Salon Doo

Muriel Magenta

1987, 09:00 minutes, colour, English


Salon Doo is a tongue-in-cheek look at society's obsession with the "hairdo". It is a spoof on our preoccupation with self- image as pure vanity. Beneath the humour and satire, however, the quest for ideal beauty by individuals and society is recognized; the natural impulse to preen by both males and females alike is celebrated. The action is set in a conceptual art unisex hair salon where the client enters and reveals a hairdo fantasy, thereby initiating a stunning make-over. The ultimate hairdo transformation turns out to be an individualized wig sculpture crafted as an art object in itself. The coiffure adventure concludes when the client flamboyantly struts down a fashion runway to the exuberant praise of fifteen Salon Doo hairstylists.

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Critical Writing

'Coiffure": From Hair to There
by Janet Wilson. Washington Post, 1991.
Playing on the Power of Hair: Muriel Magenta at Scottsdale Center...
by Victoria Reed. Artweek, May 24, 1990, v. 21, no. 20.