Paying tribute to the Maroon communities of the Suriname (descendants of escaped slaves who waged guerilla wars with the colonial rulers 200-300 years ago); Maroon Comb Study is a virtual comb structure, based on Maroon combs and artifacts.
The work simultaneously pays homage to LaGrone’s mother, an independent Salon owner and stylist of over 40 years. ”My brothers and I grew up around her beauty salon--a shop full of women of all colors, shapes and ages; adorned with curling irons, rollers and hundreds of variations of combs. Women would come to my mother for, not only hair transformations, but for fellowship, gossip and advice. Beauticians are historically one of the strongest independent, economic and healing forces within the African American community. My mother is not only an artisan in hair, but one of many historically unrecognized, strong... female community leaders.” says LaGrone.
Maroon Comb Study layers two historically-charged references, to construct a composite beacon of healing and independence.