Masks 2017: Courtney Lipson Gives Us A Peek Into Her Process

Courtney Lipson: The Beader

Courtney Lipson (Adopted Tlingit/Non-Indigenous) has developed an incredible micro-mosaic technique to bead on carved wood. In this gorgeous video she shows us the technical brilliance and commitment it takes to conceive and create a beaded mask for our upcoming group mask exhibition, "Masters of Disguise", opening June 1st. Courtney is beading on a mask carved by her husband, Scott Jensen, and more collaborative works of this kind will emerge in their November solo exhibit with our gallery.

Posted by Stonington Gallery on Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Courtney Lipson (Adopted Tlingit/Non-Indigenous) has developed an incredible micro-mosaic technique to bead on carved wood. In this excellent video she shows us the technical brilliance, patience and commitment it takes to conceive and create a beaded mask for our upcoming group mask exhibition, “Masters of Disguise”, opening June 1st. This mask is a collaboration between Courtney and her husband, master carver Scott Jensen (Adopted Tlingit/Non-Indigenous), and a remarkable fusion between their talents.

If you’ve been following the evolution of Courtney and Scott’s collaborative beaded/carved masks, you probably remember the stunning series of Moon Masks (She Beckons, She Sleeps At Dawn, Moonlight on the Nooksack) as well as the Southern-style River Spirit and Northern-style Raven Paints His Face. We are amazing and awed to see how these masks were created by this team, and cannot wait to see what will emerge in their November solo exhibit with our gallery.