<ul><li>MASK </li></ul><ul><li>A cover for the face </li></ul><ul><li>To cover with a mask, </li></ul><ul><li>to conceal </li></ul><ul><li>disguise </li></ul><ul><li>to hide. </li></ul>
Melanesian Mask Masking has been around for at least 20,000 years. Masks were and are made and used in almost all civilizations for varying purposes.
Devils Mask Guerreo Mexico Death and rebirth are common themes, and are frequently given visual form in the mask.
In various cultures masks represents the forces of nature and life. Often these forces are recorded in myths and are given human or animal form, as on the Northwest Coast of North America, and in some parts of Africa. Rituals performed for the continuance of life, so called "fertility rites," also often involved masked performance, and usually correspond to seasonal changes or planting and harvesting ceremonies. The Pueblo peoples of the Southwestern United States perform dances to promote fertility and rainfall, as do Africans living in the drier regions of the Western Sudan.
This is Puk'wus, he lives near the sea and captures the souls of those who have drowned. Kwakiutl, British Columbia
North American Mask The Northwest Coast tribes, like many other peoples, believe that supernatural power resides in the mask itself. This power is releases when a human puts on the mask and it is the spirit of the mask which performs, and not the "man-that-was."
One of the most important things that a mask can do is, transform the identity of the wearer.
<ul><li>Masks encourage us to transform ourselves, and empower us to do so. They permit us to replace one reality with another. They can ultimately provide us with a better understanding of who we really are behind the role/mask we put on every morning and take off at night. </li></ul>
Your Assignment <ul><li>Create a functional mask using the slab method with 3D sculptural additions </li></ul><ul><li>8” Tall by 6” wide </li></ul><ul><li>With one non-fired finish addition </li></ul><ul><li>Must have a meaning/purpose/reason </li></ul>
S T E P S <ul><li>Submit your proposal </li></ul><ul><li>Get your needed materials and roll a slab </li></ul><ul><li>Use newspaper to give your mask desired three dimensional effects </li></ul><ul><li>Score and slip your sculptural additions </li></ul><ul><li>Make a hook or holes in the mask for functionality </li></ul>
How you will be graded <ul><li>Does the mask met the size requirements? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the mask functional? </li></ul><ul><li>Glaze grade, does the mask have one non-fired finish? </li></ul><ul><li>Did any of the sculptural additions blow off in the firing due to air bubbles? </li></ul><ul><li>Does the mask convey a message meaning or purpose? </li></ul>