My masks conjure up images of primitive people performing ceremonial rites to insure a bountiful crop, successful hunt, or to honor their gods.
The construction begins with the face. I make some of leather, while others I hand build of stoneware, then Raku fire. The amazing beauty of the colors, shapes and textures of the materials are integral in creating the work. The spirit of the mask evolves with my choices in the same way Native Americans used a type of feather which was significant to its purpose. The components are similar to what you would find in an ancient sacred fetish bundle. All are natural – feathers, raw wool, shells, antler, sinew, semiprecious stones, turquoise, quartz, carved fetishes, snake-skin, pelts of all kinds (many from recycled vintage clothing), as well as Anasazi pottery shards and trade beads. The beads are antique African trade beads, used between the 16th and 20th century.
Just as fetishes are believed to contain the spirits of the animals they represent, these masks contain their own spirits. In today’s world, they may not be used in primitive rites, but instead may inspire searching for answers to one’s destiny, and in healing, not the body, but the spirit.
Each spirit mask is a one-of-a-kind original, a tribute to our ancient colorful past. They may be hung on the wall or displayed on their custom stands. All the materials used in the mask are listed in its certificate of authenticity.
Wizards. Each one the creation of a new species clothed in Celtic robes and topped with a proper wizarding hat. Some have companions, some are solitary. Curious, wise and possessing magical powers, these wizards exude a contagious sense of spirit that will be recognizable to any who have sought wisdom, have come to the aid of another or found themselves skeptical of an unknown. They personify us all. Each Wizard comes with a book, The Wizard’s Journal”, which tells each of their stories.
Jacks. Jack Rabbits have exceptionally long legs and are noted for speed. My Jacks take a 180º turn on that. Poised in laid back, relaxed, human like poses, these guys appear to be in no hurry at all. Their smug, playful grins assure you they posses a secret. Whether you find out what it is or just enjoy their interaction with you, they will bring a smile to your face.