I’m creating this wolf or fox mask (haven’t decided yet) separately from a wreath of Autumn leaves and wire. When I’m finished they will be put together as a multi-functional piece of wall art. The wreath will be underneath the head which can be taken off and worn as a mask.
Plastic Autumn leaves woven into the wire. The wire was covered with masking tape then spray painted over with silver and black.
This will be the base to go under the wreath. The mask will be hung from the hook in the middle. The bits of cardboard glued together will be covered with modroc and painted. The button in the middle with wire looped through it was my idea of creating a hook.
I used a balloon covered in modroc then added cardboard for the 3-d features.
I added more 3-d features to the nose, head and ears with air-dry clay. I don’t know whether I will add to this again or not. The cracked texture isn’t on purpose but I think I might leave it like that.
These are the masks of artist Alex Wood (deviantArt; purplenothing). With my current mask obsession I find them extra inspiring! I really admire the macabre detail in all his masks. Below are some of my personal favourite images from his gallery along with links to his deviantArt, Youtube channel and website.
I remember seeing a Bauta mask from the film ‘Eyes Wide Shut’. I didn’t really like the film that much but I was drawn to the Venetian style masked orgy part in it.
I found some Bauta style masks on this website: http://www.maskworld.com
I wanted to post some others which I liked even more but I was afraid of breaching copyright.
I love that strong angular chin and emotionless feel about them.
A bit of interesting information from maskworld.com:
"Masculine and angular – the perfect shape for
wearing with a high-collared cape: this is Bauta.
In Baroque Venice, this classical mask was
very popular, especially when worn with
a long cape and a dashing tricorne. The
Bauta mask was not only popular for Venetian Carnival, but
was required wear for politicians during the decision-making process
as well. The powerful chin – which allows the person wearing the mask to
eat and drink without taking it off – is this mask’s outstanding feature”