For sometime now, I've been working on a series of masks as a way to represent and investigate the finding of personal space. Each piece has been informed by viewing the act of sitting as claiming a private space for oneself - it is a demarcation and a fullfilment of autonomous intent.
Most of the masks I've made in the past were paper or cloth-based, but for this particular work I decided to combine my penchant for hand-sewing repurposed or sustainable leathers with shaping calabash gourds around wire frames. The chair in question is the iconic Mammoth Slim lounge designed by Rune Krøjgaard and Knut Bendik Humlevik in moulded oak and vintage leather as produced by NORR11, a modernist Scandinavian design house that I completely respect.
Although it is that sensation of completely burrowing oneself into the receptive curves of such a cavernous chair that I found myself responding to, the ultimate appeal lay in the resulting form of a mask that was both a chunky coocoon and a spartan shell. Otherwise, I've been wanting to work with a calabash for a long time; initially the plan was to carve out linear slots for facial details, but once I bent the pieces together, the opacity of the untouched dome seemed more private and appealing.
The result is an immersive, eye-shaped mask that sits on the face like a bulging, unmissable appendage that makes an otherworldly appearance on the forthcoming cover of Au Courant Vol. 03.
Will share more quite soon.
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