A mask is typically worn for protection, disguise, performance, or entertainment. Masks have been used since antiquity for ceremonial and practical purposes.The word “mask” appeared in the 1530s, from French masque “covering to hide or guard the face”.
The oldest representations of masks are animal masks. Such masks survive in the alpine regions of Austria and Switzerland, and may be connected with hunting or shamanism, and tend to be associated with the New Year and Carnival festivals.
Like the masks shown in this series, noise, colour and clamour are meant to drive away the forces of darkness and winter, and open the way for the spirits of light and the coming of spring.
Alfred Jarry, Pablo Picasso, Oskar Schlemmer, and other artists experimented with masks in their work.
Photographs 150×100, ltd. ed. of 10 (2017)
All prints are signed, titled, and numbered (Hologram) on the reverse by hand by the artist (unless requested otherwise). Every print is made in Switzerland. The full paper size includes 2.5 cm border on each side reserved for collector’s choice in matting and framing.