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"I was thinking about my hair, because I thought, “Wow, what if my dreadlocks were long enough that I could just wrap them [around my head]?’” But I didn't make the connection between that and the rope. And then I showed the images to my friend Kim. And she's like, ‘Oh, my God, that looks like a noose!’ And then I saw it…. Later (Kim’s black, by the way), I shared the paintings with a white friend. And they said, ‘Oh, your hair, it’s your dreadlocks, blowing in the wind.’ So then I just continued to ask friends, and it became this sort of split of how black people were interpreting the rope and how white people were interpreting the rope, which was just amazing."