MASKS

I've always been deeply attracted to ritual masks of different cultures, especially African and Mexican. Most masks are used for sacred or secular ceremonies and dances, and I like that performative aspect of masks. They also, of course, allow the wearer to assume a new and different identity, which has resonance for all of us who, for various reasons, feel the need to put on certain kinds of "masks" in our daily lives instead of revealing who we really are. With all that in mind, I began this series of my own masks, abstract and not wearable, but perhaps suggestive of certain meanings. They are constructed of honeycomb cardboard, wire, found metal objects, paint, and other materials.