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Celebrate a Whisper
- wooden base, Montana;
- painted plaster cast of my face;
- sacred sage, Chippewa Cree Rocky Boy reservation Sundance ceremony grounds;
I find it interesting that I titled this Mask Artistry piece “Celebrate a Whisper” and the mouth, which would normally issue forth a whisper or sound, is closed. So… the whisper must be a silent one. Sometimes, in our lives, there are moments so serene that words cannot describe them. They may be moments that we keep privately to ourselves, but are so powerful… and we celebrate them silently… Hence, the name “Celebrate a Whisper.”
The materials used for this mask are few as I felt simplicity was in order for this piece.
Wood, sacred sage, painted plaster, and… well, yes… glitter. Yes, glitter is a manufactured, not natural substance. In the 40+ masks I've created so far, this was the only time I've used something not originally and naturally from the earth. Honestly, the glitter fairly “begged” to be used as decoration. I debated the issue for sometime, then gave in, glued some glitter on, then glued some more glitter on…and finished with a smile on my face.
I hope this mask artistry piece, “Celebrate a Whisper,” brings a smile to your face, as well.