And as promised, I will now post some pictures of my more recent masks. These range from around 7 years old, to a few weeks. Most of my work lately has been in clay, but I am contemplating some more mixed-media creations, especially a new shell-mask a friend has commissioned me to make for her house.
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The Old Guard
Well, I know it took longer than I expected, but I am back now!
Two days ago, I experienced the craziest day of my life. For one thing, I went into surgery to remove what remained of my cancer. That would have been a big day by itself.
However, I woke up after my surgery to learn that I had become an aunt. I won’t go into great detail, but my sister-in-law had to have an emergency c-section. She and baby are fine, though the latter will be in intensive care for a while. Wonderful, bizarre, crazy day.
And now, I promised you all masks when I returned to this blog. I will keep my promise with two whole posts. Here I will give you the rest (some are in my first mask post) of the original set of fourteen I made in college. In the next post, I will display my more recent creations.
The skull-mask above comes with a story. I made it as a release for anger, and as a statement. Shortly before creating the Muri Kai, I learned that cosmetics companies had been (and presumably still are) going into impoverished places all over the world and convincing people to buy their products. Forget having enough money for shoes, you need lipstick!
And there you have the old guard. Tomorrow, I hope, I will post pictures of my more recent creations.
Glad to be back! I look forward to catching up on your blogs!
It has been nearly a year since I created a mask. I only realized this recently when the hunger to do so came on me suddenly. There has been too much going on in life for me to stop and look around for the faces hidden about me. My dusty supplies, and my clay which has mold on it (yuck!) make my hands itch to create.
I have taken steps. My clay class begins this coming Monday. By this time, for me, the class serves more as studio time than a normal class. It makes me take a couple of hours in the evening to work, and it lets me join with other people to fill and fire the kilns. I want to do other work as well, though. The hardest question is, what do first? There are a few masks waiting to be finished, and they have my attention, but after that?
There are a myriad of shells in wait. Then again, I have done four shell masks already.
I have a few boxes of found-objects, from bones to keys. These things produce surprising results, and I have a mess of ideas. I look over my work to date, and there are some things I want to try again. There are things I think I could do better, or just differently. I have never worked with leather or wood, and both are things I would like to try.
Deciding seems impossible, I may just have to flip a coin, or ten coins, or twenty… but the point is, it’s time to see faces again.
Then comes the harder question of what to do with these masks once I make them. Oy…