Sunday, December 1, 2019

Pre-Inca Mask

The local art museum has an annual mask fundraiser.   The museum provides a white clay mask, and artists paint or embellish the mask as they see fit.   I decided to go a different route, reproducing it in copper.

My Pre-Inca Copper Mask represents my response to early Peruvian metalwork.  On a recent trip to Peru, I was fortunate to see pre-Hispanic metalwork at the Larco Museum in Lima.  I was amazed at the quality of the work.  This mask is my tribute to those ancient metalworkers.  The green patina around the edge represents the corrosion found on buried metalwork; the shine shows how the pieces looked when they were made and worn.