48″ x 20″ x 16″
Western Red Cedar (salvage)
The mask speaks to the paradoxical nature of what it is to be a man in western culture. The contiguous outer edge that borders the face, a sharp line at the chin, up the cheeks and around the hairline, is helmet like. This reflects the hard, clean-cut, “perfect”, image that a man is supposed to uphold. However, the inside is softer, revealing texture and emotion. The fear of what the future holds, in the home and in the world; the weight of what must be upheld and provided for; are expressed in the worry, concern and turmoil visible only on the inside.