Storing my recent charcoal drawings on my print drying rack to keep them from being smudged (and out of reach of the curiosity of cats)
A new blog post by yours truly in which I talk at length about the politics and history of masks, and relate that to how I use them in my artwork:
New blog post in which I show some of the preliminary sketches and other work for the next series of photographs/prints:
I’ve been spending today sketching out ideas and making things for a series of pieces of artwork - photographs and lino prints - that I’ll be creating in April if I can sort everything out (find a model, get everything ready in time, etc).
I’m pleased with the crow skull necklace - I think it looks perfect for the forthcoming photographs. I bought the “skulls” off eBay - they’re actually resin replicas of crow skulls. I gave them a wash of brown paint then wiped the raised surfaces clean, which gave them a sufficiently grubby look.
Work will start on the mask shortly.
Some explanation of the new project on my website: http://www.lazaruscorporation.co.uk/blogs/artists-notebook/posts/ideas-for-a-new-piece
New blog post on my main website: some ideas for a new series of pieces of artwork.
Looking to do the photographs sometime in April, so will be looking for a model around then.
Anyway, blog post here: http://www.lazaruscorporation.co.uk/blogs/artists-notebook/posts/ideas-for-a-new-piece
I’ve been reviewing the masks I made over 2012-2013.
My waffle/thoughts about them are at http://www.lazaruscorporation.co.uk/blogs/artists-notebook/posts/masks-made-2012-2013
Over the past few weeks, when I’ve not been working on the oak leaf mask, I’ve been working occasionally on making a mask made from reclaimed leather.
The idea was to create some primitive-looking mask for some artwork, but I’ve got a nasty suspicion that it just looks like a very strange gimp mask!
I’m going to keep working on it for a few more days, but this one might be heading for the bin!
I’ve made a Bone Mask, a Bark Mask, a Death Mask, a Crow Mask, and an Ivy Mask.
I’m not sure what’s next.
As promised, all three “Shapeshifter” photographs (larger images available on my website at http://www.lazaruscorporation.co.uk/artists/paul-watson/photography-2012)
Postcards, posters, and prints available on my RedBubble store.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, these are from a much larger series of photographs I took in February 2013. The series as a whole didn’t quite gel for me, but I was reasonably happy with these three images.
I might try to re-photograph the concept some time in the near future…
The collection of masks is growing.
Going to try to make two more over the next four weeks as I start to expand this pantheon of personal pseudo-proto-mythological archetypes.
Need to do a bit more archaeology of the mind…
Three important things:
1. Wearing masks alters our perceptions, especially of ourselves. Masks can be used to embody ideal personas or create anonymity. They also affect our self awareness, encourage less limited behaviors and reduce reliance on a singular self-narrative.
3. Putting on a mask, especially one deliberately constructed for a specific purpose, is a very powerful tool for self-transformation work/magic.
2. The Internet allows us to create and change masks very quickly. It also provides far more anonymity than most physical masks, heightening both effects.
While I’m waiting for the Crow Mask to dry, I’ve uploaded another from the Bark Mask series:
Bark Mask 03
…I now have a huge number of ideas for the whole “Crow Mask” photograph series. :)
Can’t wait for the feathers to arrive, then I can start on the mask (the blank mask that will form the base of the mask arrived today).
Then I need to find a model and start working on the “set”.