"Aggravated Organizms" is a collection of 3ftX5ft masks carved by Drew Michael and painted by Elizabeth Ellis. Each piece is a representation of one of the top ten diseases affecting Alaskan communities. The magnified masks explore how all living organisms are composed of cells and sometimes these bodies of cells are overtaken by the complexities of life. This merging of science, health, and art is a powerful expression of ideas and topics that need to be explored in creative ways.
Part of the engagement process for this project is about connecting people to topics through art. During the 3.5 years, spanning from May 7th, 2013 - October 1, 2017, these masks representing 10 diseases within our communities across Alaska and the lower 48 We have opened up the opportunity for people affected by any one of these particular diseases to sign the backs of the masks themselves.
Process for transforming the masks in fire at the Anchorage Museum.