EXHIBITION:Masks: The Art of Becoming
During ceremonies, Yup’ik shaman would rub ash on their bodies to protect them from the spirit world. I used that idea by burning one side of the mask to show the ways that we try and protect ourselves from past hurts. The other side has crackle paint to represent the healing process – although we don’t heal perfectly, we are still whole and can use what we’ve learned to create positive change. The feathers represent birds as a connection to the Creator to help us heal.