St. Michael – Mask Form

Basswood, Copper Wire, Steel Wire, Beach Glass, Bone, Acrylic, Shell, and Cedar Bark

St. Michael was created the day before and the day after a trip to St. Michael’s, a village in Western Alaska. When I was teaching mask-making in the local school on the island I felt the abundance of energy and spirit within the place. I walked the beach with Jack Julian Dalton and we were able to pick up beach glass, ceramic, and bone, from what we think was a seal, that had washed ashore. The glass probably came from the steam ships that were in the area because of trade and resource development. I wanted to create a piece that showed a piece of the physical world we had entered and expressed the presence of spirits.

-Drew Michael