I believe that the best way to fulfill life, is by shaping our desires through the positive energy within the act of creating. In this case, I used my energy to create the design of my mask; I used my humanity and my spirituality to put together my design and feel on making this face mask.
Before I speak of the design and color choice, I will elaborate on the process of how I molded a face. First, I collected my own set of plaster-fabric. I had to cut little strips from a big amount. Then, I partnered up with someone to help me with my face. After the delicate process of moisturizing our faces with vaseline, (so that when the plaster is applied onto our faces, it does not rip our skin off) we dipped the plaster fabric into warm water. After we would dip each piece of fabric into water, we applied it onto our partners face, over and over again until the person's face was covered in a complete plaster-mask. We made sure that we rubbed in all of the plaster together, to help the structure be more cohesive. Another thing regarding stability, that we made sure of, was the step of applying about 2-3 layers of plaster. In the end, my partner and I left our finished face-masks out to dry. We waited for a day until we could proceed to apply the paint.
Basically, what I did to create my design may appear simple. I used a paintbrush only to dip it into different individual colors, in a consecutive order-- nonstop. I then plopped the color selections that lay on my paintbrush, onto the face mask, and I continued this cycle. What I was essentially doing here, was expressing different emotions through different colors. I coated the paintbrush with different layers of paint, and the act of plopping the paint onto the mask was a way for me to effortlessly release my emotions that I collected on the paint brush. I did not intend to do this neatly because I don’t release my emotions neatly. Many human beings don’t release their feelings in a neat manner, it is human nature to be flawed, and that is one other reason that molded the beauty of this mask. Besides adding character to the mask, the act of love and giving the mask a sense of humanity, is what truly counts.
Fundamentally, I value this face mask for the meaning behind the design, but I also value it for the decorative visionary outcome. When working on this face mask, I couldn’t simply look through regular lenses. Artistic lenses were needed to broaden perception, to challenge purpose within work.
What I can conclude about art is that it has an enigmatic manner of being incorporated onto a solid. There are things that cannot be seen, such as possible hidden emotions within the tiniest of details. In the artistic world, errors are perceived as beautiful flaw; natural imperfection; humanity. Therefore if the packed colors within my face mask looks messy, it with intention.
To give you a better idea of my mask, below is a picture of it.
The drawing of the mask is based off of this site.