Based in New Jersey, So Yoon Lym spent years observing and photographing the hair and braid patterns of strangers. These observations eventually yielded a series of meditative, monochromatic paintings with a spiritual dimension. Lym believes that these paintings represents a human connection, a lifeline that connects generations of people who have practiced the same ritual. “The painter and the hair-braider lay down their marks like thier predessecor creator beings, carving and inscribing, creating and being, in turn, creatved by their labor,” writes the artist. Take a look at some of the braid paintings below, images courtesy of So Yoon Lym.