These pieces are my dip into realism and cultural roots as a mask maker.
Light reflects back images and we see different parts of reality. As I step into realism I continue to explore concepts of reality and perspective. I wanted the viewer to look into this face and feel like they are looking into the thoughts, reflections and beauty of another reality. A ever changing reality. Light is made up of all the colors of the rainbow to create white light. The gaze of this face has two alternating triangle spirals.
Yellow Cedar, acrylic, and brass rod
This face is looking into the twilight of pink clouds on a blue sky. This gaze is a sliver away from the golden hour. The transition time from light to night. During this piece I was focused on bringing the nose out from the face.
Yellow cedar, glass beads, acrylic, ash, ptarmigan feathers.
Dawn Tinted Love
Dawn Tinted Love is a being who looks into the horizon of transformations. The forehead is the raw untouched rotted out center of red cedar. This piece was gifted to me by a friend named Jim. Thank you James Signoretti for being my lovely model. Funny thing here is the face did not end up looking like James but my focus was to work out some of the realistic features of the lips and eyes. I was challenged with the a shallow depth of material but was able to impart some realism into the gaze of Dawn Tinted Love.
Red cedar, brass plate, acrylic, glass beads, nails, and stain.
Sedna is a goddess who comes from the legends and dreams of fisher people. As you look into her eyes you can see her looking into the distance. Like she is remembering the day when her family threw her over board. Sedna grabbed the side of the boat in hopes to be saved. Instead of pulling her aboard the boat her fingers were chopped off and fell into the ocean to become the sea mammals, walrus, whale, and seal. She was hit on the forehead and sank to the bottom of the ocean to become the Goddess of the Sea. To please her healers would have to go to her in the ocean and comb her hair. If Sedna is pleased by a healers and the people’s admiration she would provide mammals for he hunters.
Basswood, brass rod, pearl beads, furniture tacks, dentalium shells, metallic beads, and stain.
LIFE THROUGH MY VEINS
“Life Through My Veins” has elements of my time in the nw forests and parks. The spirit of the forests in the NW have taken root. On a path to connect more with grounding elements within my work. This trunk root was given to me by a man named Jim. It had many bugs and the trails left on the wood to prove their existence. I had to clean it out almost to a paper thin skeleton. I wanted to keep the integrity of the main shape and form while highlighting the story these little bug friends left to tell. While making this I have been thinking about my path and where I came from. Having biological roots as a Yup’ik/Inupiaq/Polish man and an adopted family who make the narrative of who I am complete.
Red cedar, acrylic, nails, glass beads, epoxy resin, brass wire and plate and stain.