Mask

Mask

Anna Gescher - Year 13

Mask

I have been interested in portraits since the beginning of the year and artists such as Francious Nielly inspired me.

I have explored different kind of materials and methods to work with faces such as the effects of light, the colour cycle and the way you apply colour on the picture and how this is able to change the whole meaning of a picture. I then moved on to exploring faces in moving images and photographs.

Masks grabbed my attention because they can easily express different kinds of emotions like love, anger hate fury joy disgust or sorrow but they can also fool the observer by hiding someone’s real feelings. Particular Indian artists inspired me because in my opinion they had the strongest charisma. Masks have also been inspirations for many artists such as the African masks which inspired Picasso in his piece “Les demoiselles d’ Avignon”.

I started making my own masks, first out of clay then I used edging tape. The animal-like parts again connect to the Indian and African masks, which often represent gods and other invisible powers. After putting photography and my masks project into one, I had the idea to project the Indian pattern onto my body while wearing the masks. By moving in front of the camera I am connecting with my explorations of moving images. By using movement linked to music I also try to bring this culture nearer to the observer.