Interpret the word ‘Mask’. What does it mean to you?
Those were the instructions for an upcoming art show in Regina. Step, trip, stop, repeat. Those actions slogged away as I ran around inside my brain trying to corral an idea that would do justice to the concept. Notions involving various PPE (it is 2022 so I don’t have to explain that!) kept running in circles around the corral. Leaving the corral gate open to allow facial masks the freedom to escape was a good strategy. As days passed, ‘The Man in Moon’ was eventually cornered and a stout rope clipped to the halter. Subconscious childhood memories of gazing up at a harvest moon, a sliver of a waning moon, a full bright crescent moon, a moon dressed in fall reds and oranges from combines spouting grain dust into the night sky, or a moon crescent on an outhouse door, all fuelled a final plan. I would carve a face into a lidded bowl, add texture and paint and fill the bowl with various interpretations of ‘masked’ celestial objects.
Here is the result. (12″ diameter)