Masks as art

Q: Thought you might like to see this steel mask which I made some years ago. The steel came from an area that had been subjected to a cluster bomb attack. In this case the mask doesn’t protect: rather it shows the fragility of the wearer. Steve, 1692

A: I’ve always had some interest in cultural anthropology, but I was drawn to mask collecting mainly because they combine the two most important art forms: sculpture and painting.

Your piece would be called wall sculpture because it is way more than just decorative art. It is fine art, and it also has meaning. Many of the masks shown on this site convey a great deal of meaning to the culture in which they are used. I usually try to explain that in the blog.

I would pay good money for your mask, but I am 82 years old and my house is filled with art. Perhaps you could use the comment box with a link to your website so our viewers could enjoy more of your art. A

One Comment

  • Steve Jones

    Thanks Bob,
    Quite agree about cultural context and meaning.
    I guess my masks are an ongoing dialogue with myself about experiences I’ve had: a sort of sculptural diary if you like. The bomb-damage mask reflects early childhood experience, growing up among the ruins of post war London.
    Best regards

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