Ethic Mask (MOCA's "Faces in the Crowd 2005") - Statement
The design of this mask was formed using a combination of elements of varying ethnic origins. Some of the elements that attracted me to this design are the Buddha-like narrow eyes and curvy eyebrows, an Indian Bindi, a shape of a nose found common among Bali (Indonesia) masks, and thick lips often seen in African masks. Additionally, I added patterns that I often use for decorating Japanese Kimonos in my paintings to the forehead and on each side of eyes. Many ethnic masks are made from wood, thus I tried to capture the grain and texture of wood using strokes of the brush. I also experimented in coordinating color using only orange, violet, and green-a palette of secondary colors. I called this mask "Ethnic Mask"-it is hard to identify from which country it originated, but the ethnic effluence is evident.
Kumiko S. McKee
About Faces in the Crowd:
"Faces in the Crowd" is fundraising event for art education programs of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), which is a community based mask project. Each mask is made from low-fire clay that has been bisque fired. Clay masks are distributed to artists and community personalities - and the occasional celebrity - to be painted or decorated in any way they choose. The masks will be on display at MOCA for approximately one month for bidding and appreciation. Faces in the Crowd will culminate with a Gala Celebration of the mask collection where the selected masks will be available for final purchase through a silent and live auction.