Work Description

Death Masks were a traditional way of preserving the visage of someone who had recently passed away, often by taking a direct casting from the corpse in a material like wax of plaster. They were often done to either preserve the face of someone famous as a portrait or to create additional multiples.

I use the device of the death mask as a way of creating a figurative work that connects with the materials of contemporary culture. The faces are often quite abstract, relying upon anthropomorphism and our own kind of "facial recognition software" to recognize. There are different series, some using thin materials such as magazine pages that have been hardened with epoxy resin, others cast in plastic mixed with chemicals.