In my research, nails are extensions of the body that can be natural or synthetic. Nails are part of the body that I believe for me, of the body that belongs to me. It’s a performative sculpture that questions a hegemonic beauty which is usually static.
Nails are also a resistance symbol, historically for many cultures and groups of people. They generate a sense of community and collectivity, in which people can even overcome traumas through the almost ritualistic caring of nails.
Resistente because nails can defy many normative concepts of aesthetic, body and ways of life and it’s usually associated with concepts of exaggeration, dirtiness and vulgarity. Having them is also a way of celebrating plurality and diversity of bodies, where oftentimes it’s imagined one possible way of living, when there are actually infinite others.